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Out of the Shadows, On to the Streets: 180 years of 2SLGBTQIA+ visibility in Windsor-Essex

August 2, 2022 - September 4, 2022

AWE Gallery

Out of the Shadows, On to the Streets: 180 years of 2SLGBTQIA+ visibility in Windsor-Essex

Timeline organized by Walter Cassidy 
Artwork by Rachel Pieters 

Windsor-Essex has a long and interesting 2SLGBTQ+ history. Unfortunately, much of that history has been erased or lost through the suppression of 2SLGBTQ+ identities, lack of interest in the greater Windsor/Essex community, overall hate or ignorance, and lack of recognition for the importance of local 2SLGBTQ+ stories and struggles. 

In 2022, the 2SLGBTQ+ community celebrates several significant anniversaries. 180 years ago, two soldiers stationed at Fort Malden, Patrick Kelly and Samuel Moore, were tried and convicted of sodomy and given the death penalty. 50 years ago, Windsor’s first gay liberation group was founded. 40 years ago marked the death of the first reported Canadian to have AIDS. 30 years ago, Windsor celebrated it first pride parade.

This joint exhibition between Art Windsor-Essex & Museum Windsor includes a brief timeline of local 2SLGBTQ+ milestones organized by Walter Cassidy and original works of art by local artist Rachel Pieters.

This timeline represents only a small sampling of Windsor’s 2SLGBTQ+ history. The discovery of new information is an ongoing process and it is the hope that this exhibition will encourage other individuals with information to come forward and add to the growing history.  

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