For the past couple of years, the front page of the New York Times has been dedicated to something that didn’t happen, and the opinion section seems to be the place to make the case for things that will never happen. On Friday, the Times gave the bullhorn to Omar G. Encarnación, a — you’ll never believe this — professor who thinks the United States should seriously consider gay reparations.

Would you also believe President Trump fits into all this?

The Trump administration has also displayed a keen hostility toward the gay community. Early on, all references to L.G.B.T. people were erased from government websites, including the 2017 apology issued by Secretary of State John Kerry for “decades of prejudice” toward gay and lesbians at the State Department. This month, the Trump administration rejected requests to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, at American embassies during the month of June, a practice begun by the Obama administration as a sign of America’s support for L.G.B.T. rights.

Despite these daunting obstacles, gay reparation is a struggle worth pursuing. Although it remains a relatively new phenomenon, it has so far shown itself to be a useful tool for restoring dignity for those victimized by discriminatory policies and for allowing countries to close long and painful chapters of homosexual repression. At the same time, gay reparation can serve to familiarize and sensitize the public about the injustices of the past, especially a new generation of L.G.B.T. people in the West who have mainly known freedom in their lifetimes.

At the same time, gay reparation can also serve to further divide the nation, pitting the LGBT community against millions of citizens who’ve never done it any harm whatsoever.

Can we just bring John Kerry and James Taylor back out for an apology tour? It’d be like Gov. Ralph Northam’s reconciliation tour, but gay.

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