Queer History Month celebrates and highlights the history and achievements of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities at McGill University and more broadly in Montréal, Québec and Canada. Through a series of screenings, panels, workshops and community events, Queer History Month aims at raising awareness, advancing education and increasing the visibility of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities by recognizing their history and contributions, building bridges and bringing together McGill students, staff, faculty, alumni and Montréal community members.
McGill's Queer History Month is organized by the Office of the Associate Provost (Equity and Academics), 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.
LGBTQ+ History Month started in 1994 in Missouri, to highlight and teach LGBTQ+ History, and while it is celebrated broadly in the United States and the United Kingdom, it was the first of its kind here in a Canadian university. Queer History Month at McGill was founded by Meryem Benslimane, Equity Education Advisor.
More information about Queer History Month is available on the Equity at McGill website. For any questions/media inquiries, please contact Meryem Benslimane at meryem.benslimane [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Queer%20History%20Month%20at%20McGill) . Be sure to follow Queer History Month on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Here are some articles that have covered McGill's Queer History Month:
- Queer History Month 2020: Love Stories of Solidarity and Resilience
- Queer Life in “Dirty Looks”: Questioning the Inclusivity of Queer Spaces Through Film
- McGill LGBTQ2I+ History Month: “Nobody Stops Being Gay on November 1st”
- Identity Crises and Queer History Months
- LGBTQ+ McGillians Making History
- McGill Celebrates First-Ever Queer History Month