Glory Hole Gallery is Toronto’s first, and only, miniature 2SLGBTQ+. The idea for Glory Hole Gallery was developed by 2SLGBTQ+ Toronto artists, curators, and allies, in response to a noticeable lack of 2SLGBTQ+ owned and operated art spaces in what is known as "The Village" of Church and Wellesley Street. The mandate of Glory Hole Gallery is to promote the immense artistic and creative talent of 2SLGBTQ+ people historically and today and to celebrate the multi-diversity that exists within these communities as well.
Glory Hole Gallery is modeled after the sexual slang term “glory hole,” a hole, often in a bathroom stall, utilized for the purpose of anonymous sexual exchange. 2SLGBTQ+ sexuality and gender identities have been historically persecuted by the law in both Canada and across the world, and thus anonymous and secretive romantic and sexual exchange was a mode of survival for many people, and still is today. Thus, the historical location of these "glory holes" is noticeably located in 2SLGBTQ+ clubs and bars. This gallery space is designed in a similar manner, however with a much different purpose. The decision to use this name was rationalized for a number of reasons including to draw interest by the public and artists alike as an alternative to standard exhibition spaces, while still maintaining and referencing 2SLGBTQ+ history that is a significant part of the gallery's mandate.
To date, Glory Hole Gallery has hosted eight successful independent exhibitions involving 2SLGBTQ+ community members within the city, and international artist's as well. One of Glory Hole Gallery's earliest exhibitions was a group show for Pride 2017 and comprised of eight individual artist's, one of whom was from Mexico and another from New York. Two of Glory Hole's major exhibition accomplishment's in the past two years have included participating in the widely attended and publicized Nuit Blanche 2017 and 2018.