A unique tour focused on the rights of people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities has been developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pride Winnipeg this weekend.
The hour-long tour, offered on Saturday and Sunday, includes eight stops at relevant exhibits throughout the Museum, as well as activities designed to encourage thought and conversation.
The program begins with an activity called "The Dating Game" where participants are challenged to discuss the last date they had — without using gendered pronouns or other gendered language. The goal is to challenge visitors to consider new ways to understand gender and sexuality, while celebrating difference.
Tour stops will include discussion of the role of American activist Harvey Milk (featured in the Museum's introductory timeline), Quebec's ground-breaking move to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1977, Indigenous concepts of gender identity, the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in Canada, danger for queer refugees, gender-neutral washrooms, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, legal challenges to discrimination, persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany, an interactive table game that challenges players to start a Gay-Straight Alliance in a virtual high school, and a focus on Canadian-Jamaican advocate Gareth Henry (featured in the Museum's Rights Today gallery)
Pride at the Museum tours
Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (English)
1:30 p.m. (French)
CMHR, 85 Israel Asper Way
Tours begin from Bonnie & John Buhler Hall and cost $5 plus gallery admission. Stories about the rights of people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities can be found in most Museum galleries, not isolated to a single gallery or exhibit. This approach recognizes that experiences of all people are connected, and we must work together to create a better world.