NEMO’s contribution in the fight against queerphobia and discrimination

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) we want to highlight some of NEMO’s upcoming actions in 2024 regarding fighting discrimination and increasing inclusion in museums.

NEMO finds that everyone should feel welcome to a museum and amidst reports about increased queerphobic attacks and fall in support for LGBTQ+ protections, it’s especially important for museums and others alike to work against hate and towards understanding and inclusion.

Our annual research of 2024 will focus on LGBTQIA+ inclusive practices within European museums. The first stages of the research have officially been kicked off and we already look forward to sharing the final report this autumn. The report will offer practical guidance to ensure that queer people are represented and feel welcome. It will include an inventory of existing resources applicable to museums at the European and national level addressing LGBTQIA+ inclusivity and diversity. Additionally, the report will present solutions to challenges museum professionals in geographically diverse European states may encounter while promoting equity, inclusivity, diversity, and cultural sensitivity.

NEMO also invites you to save the date 10 September for a NEMO Webinar on trans inclusion for museums, galleries, archives and heritage organisations. It will be facilitated by the excellent team at the University of Leicester's Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) who will present findings from their recent guidance on trans inclusion. More details about the scope of the 1-hour webinar will soon be published, but registration is already open.

On 15 May, the RCMG received the Museums + Heritage Awards Judges’ Special Recognition Award for its outstanding contributions to the sector. RCMG received the award for its deep commitment to supporting ethical, inclusive, equitable and importantly, research-led work across the whole sector.