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Canadian Museum for Human Rights accused of hiding gay content for some visitors

One of Canada's national museums is under fire for allegedly censoring LGBTQ content when certain groups visited — and, paradoxically enough, it happens to be an institution whose sole purpose is to educate the public and advocate for the continued rights of residents of all sexualities and stripes.

According to both current and former employees, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has historically physically blocked exhibits that have to do with gender identity and sexual orientation at the behest of certain patrons.

Apparently, the practice went on for a number of years and was still happening as recently as 2017.

The establishment confirmed to the CBC that customers could in fact request for any specific types of displays to be omitted from their tour — and, it seems that for church and school groups, as well as for diplomats and donors, this often meant same-sex content.

The museum has since opened up a review of the accusations, as well as ones of other types of bigotry at the establishment, which now include but are not limited to homophobia and racism.

Residents are horrified by the news, in part because it seems as if money was a key motivator, with certain visitors' requests for censorship honoured "because they pay us for those tours."

Also, just due to how horribly ironic the practice was given the nature of the museum's mission.

"Ah yes, the Museum for Human Rights, Just Not Those Human Rights If They Make You Uncomfortable," one citizen said on Twitter.

"So it's the Canadian Museum for *Some* Human Rights but not, y'know..." another tweeted.

Many are also pointing out how painful and dehumanizing it must have been for LGBT staff to have to lead such tours and perform such censorship, especially when nothing was done when they actually got the courage to complain about the issue.

It seems fitting that these revelations of the museum's failures come at a time when human rights for all is at the forefront of so many important conversations — and now that they're out in the open, hopefully, some real change to our tragically discriminatory systems — whether they be law enforcement or Crown institutions, will actually be enacted.

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