This initiative is a response to some patterns of misrepresentative/exploitative practices from directors/companies/organizations that are using queerness as a marketing tool for their projects without making an effort to queer their spaces and processes by taking steps such as:
1. Hiring queer actors to play queer characters 2. Employing queer directors/ADs/producers 3. Mounting work written by queer playwrights/artists
As a productive tool to counter this trend, the intention with this database is to provide a secure/safe list of Canadian-based artists that can be shared with Montreal-based artistic directors of theatre companies / curators / programmers / anyone who holds power within the performance industry when they decide to create a "queer" show.
It can also be shared within the queer artists community as a resource to find other queer artists and continue who value authentic representation.