Montréal is known worldwide for its open-mindedness, particularly as it relates to sexual orientation. Sexual orientations of all kinds – gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual – are more widely accepted here than elsewhere. In fact, Quebec became the world’s first jurisdiction to recognize same-sex civil unions in 2002 and the second to legislate officially, in 1977, against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 2005, Canada became the world’s fourth country to legalize same-sex marriage. In 2006, Montréal hosted the World Outgames, a celebration of sport, culture and human rights organized by the LGBT community and open to all.
Each year, Montréal plays host to countless events, including the Divers/Cité cultural festival, the international LGBT film festival Image+Nation, the Black & Blue event and the Montréal Pride Celebrations.
For more information on the cultural events and resources available to Montréal’s LGBT community, refer to the dedicated Tourisme Montréal page.
Centred around Sainte-Catherine Street between St-Hubert and Papineau streets, as well as along Amherst Street, Montréal’s Gay Village ranks among North America’s largest LGBT-friendly neighbourhoods. You can get there by taking the metro to the Berri-UQÀM, Beaudry or Papineau station. For everything you might want to know about the businesses, services and activities taking place in the Village, check out the sites of the SDC du Village or the City of Montréal (in French only).
L'Alternative is a Université de Montréal association for gay and bisexual students and their friends. Its mission is to sensitize the university community to sexual diversity, promote responsible sexuality and fight all forms of discrimination against persons whose sexual orientation or identity is considered non-traditional.
The association regularly organizes activities, such as an advice service, happy hours, dinners, conferences, discussions, film screenings, sporting events and more. The goal of these activities is to promote the integration of gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual students into university life.
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Jeunesse Lambda is a francophone group for young people 25 and under that hosts discussions and activities organized by and for gays, lesbians, bisexuals or those who are questioning their sexual orientation. The organization hosts themed townhall-type meetings every Friday night at the Centre communautaire des gais et lesbiennes de Montréal (CCGLM), located in the Village.
Projet 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual and mental well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, bispiritual, intersexual youth and adults between the age of 14 and 25, including those questioning their identity. Projet 10 runs a bilingual discussion group every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and also offers online support and discussion groups and personal guidance.
Fugues is a free monthly magazine that culls all the latest news affecting Montréal’s LGBT community, and provides a detailed events calendar and directory of all LGBT sporting, cultural and social associations. You can pick up a copy of the magazine at stores throughout the city, particularly those located in the Village.
Gai Écoute is a telephone help and information service for all issues relating to sexual orientation. This call service is provided free of charge in a confidential and anonymous fashion. The service is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.