Queering the Historic Places Days

This visit list presents the first steps in an ongoing initiative to “Queer” the Historic Places Days. Inspired by the many projects across this place called Canada to map the histories and experiences of Queer communities, Historic Places Days, in collaboration with organizations and historians across the country, are working to highlight the places that tell Queer histories of resistance, celebration and community.  

Stay tuned as our list continues to grow leading up to our Historic Places Days launch date: July 8, 2023!

We have chosen to use the term “Queer” deliberately to emphasize the diverse and intersectional identities within 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Today the term “Queer” is used as both an identity and an umbrella term. Among historians, “Queer” can be similarly used to address the dynamic nature of 2SLGBTQIA+ identity through a historical lens. We recognize, however, that the term “Queer” is not universally accepted and continues to be a harmful word to many. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email: (agray@nationaltrust.ca). This is an ongoing project and we appreciate any feedback you might have. 


Road Map

Edmonton, Alberta to Halifax, Nova Scotia

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