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Nelson Museum opens permanent installation celebrating LGBTQ2S+ history in the Kootenays

By Contributor
June 9th, 2024

In the summer of 2021, the Nelson Museum launched the gallery exhibition Kootenay Pride: We Love a Parade! to celebrate the history of the West
Kootenay Gays and Lesbians Society, which had been meticulously compiled by longtime Archives volunteer Michael Wicks.

We Love a Parade! inspired the documentary film Queering the Interior, and a robust education program that is available for district educators.

The Nelson Museum is officially launching a new permanent installation of We Love a Parade! featuring a localized timeline of events, images, and curatorial statements provided by Nelson Museum Curator Arin Fay, and Research Assistant Adrian Dunkerson.

The launch takes place on Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Museum, and will feature a screening of the 10-minute trailer for Queering the Interior, as well as an introduction from the film’s director Amy Bohigian, a tour of the Queer Archives by Michael Wicks, and refreshments provided by Kootenay Kombucha, Sprout Plant-Based Eatery, L & C French Bakery, and the Kootenay Co-op.

The event is free and open to the public.

“How we understand and remember the past can help us envision more inclusive futures,” says Nelson Museum Education Coordinator Kalika Bowlby.

“Permanently including a local perspective on queer history and rights provides an opportunity to build awareness and empathy.

At NMAG we are working to make everyone feel represented and share diverse perspectives of history.”

The Nelson Museum has also recently been accredited by the Rainbow Registered program – a national designation granted by Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce that signifies the Museum’s commitment to creating a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive space for the 2SLGBTQI+ community.

NMAG joins over 300 businesses across the country and is proudly the first Rainbow Registered organization in the Kootenays.

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