The presentation will encompass a history of LGBTQ2+ Canada with a focus on Canadian LGBTQ2+ employment discrimination starting in the 1970s. Utilizing pieces of the ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives extensive collection archivist Lucie Handley-Girard will bring LGBTQ2+ history to light. The talk will highlight specific court cases that have changed the course of LGBTQ2+ rights in Canada, as well as instances of discrimination that have gotten less national media and legal traction but nevertheless showcase human rights violations, hate crimes, and the consequences of being out and outed in Canadian workplaces over time.
Lucie Handley-Girard (she/her) has served as an Archivist at The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives since 2017. She holds a BA and a Masters of Information both from the University of Toronto. In 2016 she was the Archives Assistant at The ArQuives and previously worked in records management. She currently sits on the Association for Canadian Archivists’ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce. She was Digital Archivist for The Family Camera Network, a SSHRC-funded archival project focused on collecting oral histories and the family photographs of queer and trans migrants. Her research interests include community archives, archives as practice vs. theory, memory, and archives as spaces for activism and resistance.
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