**The Lynch Grant is awarded every other year and will not be awarded this year. It will be offered again in 2016-17**
This $1500 grant is awarded by The Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, and is open to individuals, groups, and organizations.
The grant is named for Michael Lynch, the late University of Toronto English professor, long-time gay and AIDS activist, and founder of the Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies (the community predecessor to the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies). For over ten years (starting in 1990), the TCLGS encouraged community-based and academic research on queer history. The Lynch grant is supported by the Lynch Fund at Sexual Diversity Studies, designed to carry on such work. The Lynch grant is intended to encourage history research endeavours, and projects designed to transmit knowledge about queer history to a broad audience.
The first Lynch grant was awarded to support the development of a panel of historians to discuss the twenty-year history of lesbian and gay student activism at Montreal universities, the results of which were presented at the 1992 La Ville en Roseconference in that city.
Projects must contribute to an understanding of the historical development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered sexualities, identities, politics, and communities in Canada. Priority will be given to projects that reflect the diversity (for example along the lines of gender, race, culture, language or class) that characterizes queer historical experience.
Projects may take the form of workshops, conferences, oral history compilations, art exhibits, video presentations, academic articles, popular pamphlets, or books. Alternative formats are encouraged and welcomed.
Grants are not awarded retroactively to work already completed. For more information regarding the Lynch Grant please see this brochure for more information.
2014 – Anna Malkin
“The Queer Story Archive”
2012- William Craddock
“The Pin Button Project” — online exhibition of LGBTQ buttons from Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archive holdings.
2009- Claire Robins
“Collective Biography with GLBT Seniors”
2007- Lyle Dick
“Western Canada’s Frontier Era: A Same-Sex Golden Age?” — book on the history of same-sex dynamics in Western Canada from 1870 to 1945
2005- Heather Bain
“Archiving Toronto’s Queer Performers” — zines, original artwork, and interviews on the history of Queer Toronto performance artists
2002- Buddies in Bad Times Theatre