Opening of the Exhibit Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The ArQuives

News release

OTTAWA, June 6, 2019

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, unveiled the exhibit Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The ArQuives today. The outdoor exhibit will be on display on the Château Laurier terrace until the end of October.

Developed by Canadian Heritage, in partnership with The ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives), the national exhibit highlights the efforts of 16 LGBTQ2 rights trailblazers to overcome oppression and barriers to equality, often with severe consequences.

Quotes

“I’m proud to unveil this exhibit honouring exceptional individuals whose tireless efforts helped protect and advance the rights of people in LGBTQ2 communities. Without their efforts and dedication, we wouldn’t really be able to talk about Canadian diversity. These pioneers paved the way to a more just society and a stronger Canada.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“Respecting and protecting the rights of every individual is at the very heart of our Canadian society and identity. An exhibit like this is an excellent example of the struggle for inclusion and diversity. The efforts of these dedicated trailblazers have helped to improve the quality of life for all of us. We can all be proud of these Canadians.”

—Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues

“The ArQuives team is pleased to display part of its national portrait collection in Ottawa and to have this opportunity to highlight Canada’s LGBTQ2 history.”

—Raegan Swanson, Executive Director, The ArQuives

Quick facts

  • Every summer, in addition to offering a picturesque and majestic view, the Château Laurier terrace hosts an exhibit that highlights aspects of Canadian society or milestones in Canadian history.

  • The exhibit Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The ArQuives will be on display all summer, until the end of October, on the Château Laurier terrace. It was developed by Canadian Heritage in partnership with The ArQuives.

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Contacts

For more information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca


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