Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize later this year for the historic persecution LGBT people faced.

According to The Globe and Mail, Trudeau will issue the apology as early as this fall.

LGBT rights activists applauded the action.

“This is a long-awaited moment and a very emotional moment, to be honest,” Helen Kennedy, director of Egale, told the paper. “For the government to recognize the damage that it caused, the harm that it caused, to thousands and thousands of Canadians is a historic moment for our communities.”

In June, Egale submitted a report to the government titled The Just Society, which the Liberals appear to be embracing.

The group's recommendations include apologizing to people who were imprisoned or otherwise persecuted by the government because of their sexual orientation before 1969, when gay sex between consenting adults was decriminalized.