2SLGBTQIA+ Cultural Professionals Network

Connect with arts, culture, and heritage 2SLGBTQIA+ professionals, students, and volunteers from across British Columbia.

   

The Network Advisory is meeting monthly to prepare programming for 2024. Keep your eye on this page for upcoming Network activities!

 

About the Network

Building on the success of the BCMA’s Gender & Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit and responding to community needs, the 2SLGBTQIA+ Network aims to provide a safer, accountable space where 2SLGBTQIA+ students, volunteers, and professionals in the arts and culture sector can connect. The Network will provide targeted support for members of the queer community, and offer some resources for allies who would like to improve their individual and organizational practices.

BCMA Resources

Deepening Your Allyship: Gender & Sexuality Online Course

This course is an expansion of the existing Gender & Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit, which aims to support museums, galleries, and heritage sites in their journeys to increase 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusivity and representation in an empowering manner.

View the online course

Gender and Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit for Museums, Heritage and Cultural Institutions

Museums and cultural institutions tell the stories and preserve the histories of an area, aiming to be representative of the local region and foster a strong sense of community. How does gender and sexual orientation inclusion align with these goals?

Queer(y)ing Museums Podcast

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Queer(y)ing Museums: Maritime Museum of BC

In this first episode, BCMA’s Desirée Hall and Tanya Pacholok sit down (virtually) with MMBC board member Jelena Putnik and executive director Brittany Vis to discuss the Maritime Museum of BC’s upcoming exhibit, “Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community”.

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Queer(y)ing Museums: Amelia Smith

In this episode, Amelia shares with us about her approaches to exhibition design and community engagement; how cisgender privilege shows up in museum spaces and in how we talk about trans histories; thinking about audience engagement and who we are designing exhibits for, and more.

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Queer(y)ing Museums BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project

For the third episode of Queer(y)ing Museums, we were thrilled to have Carmel Tanaka, founder and Executive Director of JQT Vancouver, and Alysa Rutenberg, Archivist at the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC, join us to chat about the BC Jewish Queer and Trans Oral History Project.

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Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 4: Special Episode on Ukraine with Andrew Kushnir

Throughout this conversation, we weave through a variety of topics including, what is the “war within a war” happening in Ukraine right now for LGBTQIA+ community and how is the LGBTQIA+ movement intertwined in Ukraine’s fight for sovereignty? Further, how can the museum, cultural and heritage sector support Ukraine and the LGBTQIA+ community at this critical time?

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Queer(y)ing Museums episode 5: Angelic Goldsky & The Transgender Expressions Haven

In this week's episode of Queer(y)ing Museums, we chat with Angelic Goldsky. Angelic (they/t[he]m) is a Russian-Jewish queer trans community arts builder and poet. They are the co-founder and creative director of the Transgender Expressions Haven, a virtual center for arts expression and transgender creative genius celebration.

Queer(y)ing Museums Podcast (Transcripts)

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Transcript: Queer(y)ing Museums: Maritime Museum of BC

In this first episode, BCMA’s Desirée Hall and Tanya Pacholok sit down (virtually) with MMBC board member Jelena Putnik and executive director Brittany Vis to discuss the Maritime Museum of BC’s upcoming exhibit, “Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community”.

Categories
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Transcripts: Queer(y)ing Museums: Amelia Smith

In this episode, Amelia shares with us about her approaches to exhibition design and community engagement; how cisgender privilege shows up in museum spaces and in how we talk about trans histories; thinking about audience engagement and who we are designing exhibits for, and more.

Categories
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Transcripts: Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 3: BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project

In part one of this two-part episode, Carmel and Alysa discuss the intergenerational and community engagement aspects of their project, advice for other institutions/organizations who might be interested in engaging in similar work, and more. 

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Transcripts: Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 4: Special Episode on Ukraine with Andrew Kushnir

Throughout this conversation, we weave through a variety of topics including, what is the “war within a war” happening in Ukraine right now for LGBTQIA+ community and how is the LGBTQIA+ movement intertwined in Ukraine’s fight for sovereignty? Further, how can the museum, cultural and heritage sector support Ukraine and the LGBTQIA+ community at this critical time?

Categories
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

Transcript: Queer(y)ing Museums episode 5: Angelic Goldsky & The Transgender Expressions Haven

In this week's episode of Queer(y)ing Museums, we chat with Angelic Goldsky. Angelic (they/t[he]m) is a Russian-Jewish queer trans community arts builder and poet. They are the co-founder and creative director of the Transgender Expressions Haven, a virtual center for arts expression and transgender creative genius celebration.

External Resources

2SLGBTQIA+ Resource Collection

A collection of resources to help your organization be a welcoming space for LGBTQ2+ visitors

Who We Are

The 2SLGBTQIA+ Network will follow a similar model to the IBPOC Cultural Professionals Network with a BCMA Coordinator and a paid Advisory Group who will shape the goals, vision, and programming of the Network. Expressions of interest are being accepted throughout July 2023!

Desirée Hall (she/her), BCMA’s Program Coordinator will be acting as the 2SLGBTQIA+ Network Coordinator and support the Advisory Group. Desirée is a white, queer femme living with chronic illness on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ communities, so-called Victoria, BC. Desirée is one of the developers of the BCMA’s Gender & Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit, host of our Queering Museums podcast, and the coordinator of the BCMA’s online course on deepening your allyship for museums, heritage, and cultural institutions.

The Network’s administration will be supported by Abigail Buckwalter-Ingram (she/her), BCMA’s Development Manager and Lys Glassford (they/them), Arts BC’s Program & Service Specialist. Abigail is a white, neurodiverse lesbian living on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ communities, so-called Victoria, BC. ; Lys is a neurodiverse, queer, non-binary artist who currently resides on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

BCMA and ArtsBC staff will engage in ongoing dialogue with 2SLGBTQIA+ Advisory Group members about how to best serve the 2SLGBTQIA+ museum, heritage, and arts community. Please do not hesitate to reach out via email to:

Desirée Hall, Program Coordinator, BCMA

Abigail Buckwalter-Ingram, Development Manager, BCMA

Lys Glassford, Program & Service Specialist, Arts BC