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Gender and Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit for Museums, Heritage and Cultural Institutions

“The objective of this toolkit is to:

  • Support museums, galleries and heritage organizations in their journeys to increase inclusivity and representation in an empowering manner, particularly smaller organizations who may not have abundant resources.
  • Celebrate existing 2SLGBTQIA+ exhibits and case studies to provide real-world examples for institutions to model their practices.


The acronym 2SLGBTQIA+ stands for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and more. Moving through this resource, the reader should keep in mind that “2SLGBTQIA+” and “queer community” is not a homogenous group and includes people with various positionalities of race, class, ability, gender, sexuality, age, body size, and more. In this way, we hope to provide a jumping off point to thinking about inclusion more broadly.


We hope this document provides an introduction for museum workers who want to improve their allyship, to understand why this work is important, and identify some actionable ways that you can make changes in your institution. For those who have already begun to implement changes, we hope this resource helps you to take a critical look at your museum’s practices and identify areas that could be improved. Remember, allyship is ongoing practice!”