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LGBTTQ+ advocacy group calls for CMHR to display explanation of its own censorship

A national LGBTTQ+ advocacy organization says the Canadian Museum for Human Rights doesn’t have the credibility to properly display gay content in the wake of revelations the museum hid a same-sex marriage exhibit from some tour groups over the course of two years.

Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale Canada, told CBC News she wants the museum to replace its LGBTTQ+ display with an explanation of how it censored the content.

"We believed in them. This is the highest institution for human rights in this country and they betrayed us, they betrayed our stories," she told CBC.

CMHR President and CEO John Young stepped down this week after former employees’ complaints about the censorship came to light, as well as complaints about racism and sexual harassment within the museum. The union representing museum employees says the CMHR can do more to hold itself accountable.

To read more of this story first reported by CBC News, click here.

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