Canada set to get its own LGBTQ+ museum space.
A new 15,000 square foot museum celebrating LGBTQ+ history is scheduled to open in 2021 in Canada, marking the first museum of its kind.
Following similar historic progress by Queer Britain, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum also set to open in 2021, the museum will curate the stories, histories, art, and culture of LGBTQ+ people in Canada and the world.
The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) will feature 3 exhibition galleries, a theatre & performance space, educational rooms, and new space for community organisation.
Jeremy Dias, CCGSD founder & executive director, said:
We recognize that our work is changing. When we started doing workshops in schools 14 years ago, we were explaining basic LGBTQI2+ terms and experiences. Today, we have Canadians who are hungry to learn about LGBTQI2+ history, culture, and art—and as an educational institution we see this as a natural evolution of our work.
“The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity has been leading the way in sharing Canada’s LGBTQI2+ story, and they are uniquely positioned to do this important work,” said Mark O’Neill, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of History. “We are proud to have collaborated with the Centre in presenting the Gay Sweater in the Canadian History Hall, where it helps to tell an important part of Canada’s history, and we look forward to furthering our collaboration through this endeavour.”
The CCGSD are seeking stories and contributions from members of the community who have something they believe is worth sharing in the new museum space. You can find out more information, and how to contribute to the centre, via the official website.