TAO’s Pride Community provides professional development, networking, and mentorship opportunities for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies across Oregon’s technology & tech adjacent sector.
We are SO excited to be hosting our community’s premiere event of 2021 during Pride Month!
Join TAO, our LGBTQIA+ community, community allies, and our fabulous sponsors at Extensis on Wednesday, June 30th at 4 pm for an afternoon of celebration, connection, and fun. We will be starting things off with “We Were There,” a special virtual tour of the Met by Prof. Andrew Lear. Afterwards we will meet our community co-chairs and get to know fellow community members.
We Were There
Did you know that there was a female pharaoh of Egypt as early as the 15th century BC, and that the Met has an entire gallery of statues of her? Did you know that the Roman Emperor Hadrian had a male lover whom, when he drowned, Hadrian declared a god? The Met has a bust of him as well, right next to its bust of Hadrian! Did you know that the Met has an important statue by the first major black gay artist in New York? That the museum’s 2nd largest painting contains a portrait of a lesbian artist of 19th century Paris, dressed (as she often was) in men’s clothing?
Well, if you didn’t know, it’s not surprising, because history, art history, museums—they are all presented to us as if they were of, by, and for white, straight, cis-gender men. But it isn’t true at all. We were there all along! That is, our history and the art that embodies it are full of works by and about people of diverse gender and sexual identities. And this is the tour where you will find out about it, discovering a hidden history of human diversity in the masterpieces of the Metropolitan!