Queer History Month

Celebrating and highlighting the history and achievements of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities at McGill and beyond.


Queer History Month 2019 posterIn October 2018, McGill celebrated its first LGBTQ2I+ (now Queer) History Month, organized by the former Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, with the collaboration of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), the McGill JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People, the McGill Library, the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education (OSVRSE), Queer McGill, the Queer Grad Club, the Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE), and many other McGill and community partners. The Second edition of Queer History Month will start September 27th, with our opening ceremony, which will also serve as a joint event for Return of the Rainbow, our 2SLGBTQIA+ homecoming event. 

Through a series of screenings, panels, workshops, and community events, Queer History Month aims to raise awareness, advance education, and increase visibility of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities by recognizing their history and contributions, building bridges, and bringing together McGill students, staff, faculty, and alumni and Montréal community members.

Queer History Month started in 1994 in Missouri to highlight and teach 2SLGBTQIA+ History, and while it is celebrated broadly in the United States and the United Kingdom, McGill's 2018 Queer History Month was the first of its kind here at a Canadian university. Queer History Month at McGill was founded by Meryem Benslimane, Equity Education Advisor. 

For any questions/media inquiries, please contact Meryem Benslimane, Chair of the Planning Committee, at meryem.benslimane [at] mcgill.ca.

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2020 Schedule of Events (Online Edition) 

Discover workshops, panels, movie screenings, and more events happening during McGill's 2020 QHM! 


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2019 Schedule of Events

Discover workshops, panels, movie screenings, and more events happening during McGill's 2019 Queer History Month!



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