Resources for Cultural Institutions
This glossary was written to help give people the words and meanings to help make conversations easier and more comfortable. LGBTQ people use a variety of terms to identify themselves, not all of which are included in this glossary. Always listen for and respect a person’s self identified terminology.
The Institutional Guidelines found here can be used by museum professionals at any level, but, ideally, institutional buy-in for transgender inclusion should come from top levels, including governing authority and executive support.
Museums across the world have recently been creating “safe spaces.” However, safe spaces can be a problematic concept, as they often incorrectly assume that all space can be “safe” to all people in the same way. What is safe for white, ableist individuals may not feel safe for a person of colour, queer, and/or disabled individual. Sometimes, regardless of what a museum does, spaces will never feel safe due to the institution’s founding in colonial history.
This is not a ýnal document. It has been reviewed by the CMA LGBTQ2+ Working Group and is currently under community review. The document is intended as an introduction to LGBTQ2+ inclusion for Canadian museums, which will help launch a series of inclusive strategies to help guide cultural institutions on how to engage, reþect, and celebrate diverse Canadian communities.
This article explores both some of constraints facing museums and the strategies, ethical considerations and curatorial practices they might explore and adopt to reflect and document our rich LGBT histories and heritage in their collections, and to highlight these histories in mainstream and special exhibitions and public programming such as events, talks and conferences hosted by museums.
This paper addresses the question, What makes an object queer? through the context of a regional museum's exhibition about the LGBT experience in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia.
Susan Ferentinos, Public history researcher, writer and consultant spoke at MuseumNext Indianapolis in September 2015 about ways that museums might begin thinking about expanding their interpretation to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) stories.
Resources for LGBTQ2+ Identifying Cultural Professionals
A Transitioning Professional's Guide: Gender Transition and Transgender Inclusion in the Museum Field
The purpose of A Transitioning Professional’s Guide is intended to guide transgender museum professionals through their workplace transitions. There is no one-size-fits-all plan for transitioning, but the guides, sample scripts, and resources included here should help you in planning a workplace transition that fits your unique situation
The purpose of this document is to prepare museum employees as they work with transitioning colleagues in the workplace
Resources to make your museum welcoming for LGBTQ2+ visitors
Queerness in Museums
Museum Queeries prioritizes Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer (2S+LGBTTQ), contributions and interventions into museums and museum studies both as a means of addressing structural exclusions and opening new modes of productive inquiry and activism.
A list of Indigenous lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) artists that people can financially support or follow. They range from photographers, digital artists, bead-makers, jewelry creators, fashion designers, comic book artists, and so much more.