The Queering the Museum (QTM) Project is an ongoing coordinated intervention into representations of LGBT/Q* people in museums. Our goal is for QTM to facilitate critical dialogues between community members and museum practitioners, addressing the role that museums play in forming social norms around gender and sexuality. We conceptualize QTM as an evolving project that works in collaboration with community members and organizations, facilitating and connecting projects that further these goals.
We focus on museums due to their ability to shape and define the communities in which we live. QTM believes that museums have a responsibility to account for the role played in constructing normalized ideas of race, gender and sexuality. We seek to educate and facilitate reflections about this role, connecting museum professionals and community members through a variety of activities. QTM’s supported projects focus on the museum as a venue for exploring these questions and ideas at the institutional, community and individual levels.
*LGBT/Q is an initialism for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and trans identified individuals. The initial Q is a reference to both Queer and Questioning. Queer is a reference to those who reject a specific or static sexual and/or gender identity and embrace queer as a broad identifier.