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Queer Joy

Celebrating the Artwork of Queer & Trans folks

Second Floor Gallery

January 8 - April 26, 20244

Exhibition Statement

The LGBTQ+ Resource Centre and the 2SLGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Humber celebrate Pride at the College and within the community. We honour the identities and self-expression of two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex members of our community, students, staff, and faculty. 


Humber College’s theme for Pride 2023 is “Queer Joy.” Amid growing curbs on the freedoms of 2SLGBTQ+ people in the US and around the world, it is even more important that institutions like Humber College make space for the celebration of 2SLGBTQ+ life. 2SLGBTQ+ people both inside and outside of Humber College ask not just to be accepted or tolerated, but that their celebrations and happiness be an integral and necessary part of the wider community. When faced with forces that seek to restrict, invalidate or erase their lives, queer joy is a radical act. Deployed fully, queer joy can remake Humber College and Etobicoke Lakeshore into a more accepting, healthy and resilient community. 


We especially celebrate queer communities of colour, migrant 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, trans, intersex, and disabled queer folks who still navigate intersectional barriers in their everyday lives. We also acknowledge that Pride takes place on Indigenous lands, and that Pride Month takes place during National Indigenous History Month (June). We believe that reclaiming Indigenous two-spirit identities and traditions is central to the ongoing process of reconciliation and decolonization of LGBTQ+ movements.

The LGBTQ+ Resource Centre and the 2SLGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group partnering with the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre will host a juried art exhibition featuring the artwork of queer and trans artists in the newly launched Second Floor Gallery. Artists from the area, including community; Humber staff, faculty, students, and alumni; and Toronto-based artists in any phase of their artistic careers are welcome and encouraged to apply.


Celebrating the theme of "Queer Joy" artists may submit up to three (3) artworks with titles and brief biographies.


Phone: (416) 675-6622 ext. 3801


Key Dates


Applications open: April 26, 2023

Applications close for review: December 1, 2023

Selected artists contacted: by December 13, 2023


Exhibition Launch: January 8, 2024

Exhibition close: April 26, 2024

Selection Process


Matthew Travill, Student Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator

Yanni Thepanya, 2SLGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group

Nadine Finlay, Curator Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre


Three $100 gift cards for winners

Gift cards support Queer owned businesses in Toronto

Now Accepting Applications

Visit the Exhibition


January 8, 2024 - April 26, 2024

Monday - Friday

7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Second Floor Gallery

Student Welcome and Resource Centre

2 Col. Samuel Smith Park Dr, Etobicoke.

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