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The LGBTQ2+ National Monument Finalists

Have your say! Five design teams have been shortlisted for the National LGBTQ2+ Monument in Ottawa. Canadians have the opportunity to review the amazing designs and provide feedback {it’s hard to pick a favourite}! The feedback survey is open until November 28th.

A collage of conceptual designs for the proposed LGBTQ2+ National Monument

The LGBT Purge Fund is the mobilizing force behind the Monument. It is working in partnership with Canadian Heritage, which is facilitating the development of the Monument in collaboration with the National Capital Commission.

The Monument will acknowledge discrimination experienced by LGBTQ2+ communities and the abuse perpetrated by the Canadian state, including during the LGBT Purge. While recognizing enduring injury and injustice, the LGBTQ2+ National Monument will educate, memorialize, celebrate and inspire. It will be guided by principles of inclusion, Indigeneity, visibility and timelessness.

Michelle Douglas, executive director of the LGBT Purge Fund said, “The five proposed designs for the LGBTQ2+ National Monument are inspiring, creative and powerful. The LGBT Purge Fund is grateful to the design teams for answering the challenge of realizing the vision for this monument and for creating such evocative designs that tell the story of discrimination against LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada. We are now at an exciting stage in the process where we need to hear from people across this country. We want as many people as possible to have their say on these designs and be part of the next chapter of this story.

Completion of the Monument is planned for 2025.