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Gay Retirement in Montreal
Gay Retirement in Montreal
Information on groups, social clubs, and links for gay men and women in Montreal…
Montreal’s gay district, The Village, is one of the largest in the world in terms of area and is the cultural and social center for the LGBT community. It forms a quadrilateral between St-Hubert, Ontario, Papineau and René-Lévesque Boulevard, placing it right next to Montreal’s cultural and social hubs. The area has a festive atmosphere and Sainte-Catherine, the main street, becomes a pedestrian street from June to September.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Québec in March 2004, with the first gay marriage held at the Palais de Justice on 1 April of that year. Since July 2005, same-sex couples have the right to marry throughout Canada.
- For more information on the Civil Marriage Act: Click here
The Canadian Human Rights Act added sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination in 1996.
- For more information on the Canadian Human Rights Act: Click here
All sexual activity without consent, regardless of age, is a criminal offense. In Canada, the age of consent is 16 years; 18 for certain acts.
Social Events and Activities
Montreal has a very active events calendar for the LGBT community and the Village section of St. Catherine Street is completely closed to traffic from June to September to allow for the various festivities and events.
- For more information on the gay scene in Montreal and the different activities throughout the year: Click here
One of the highlights of the LGBT calendar in Montreal is the Pride Week celebrations. A variety of events and activities surround the main event, the Montreal Pride Parade. This hugely colorful parade attracts around 350,000 participants annually.
- For information and details about Montreal Pride: Click here
Queer Montreal is a smartphone app available with a variety of information about gay life, activities, and events in Montreal.
Other annual gay and lesbian events in Montreal are:
- Bad Boys Club – Black and Blue Festival
- Festival International Montréal en Arts (FIMA) – the pedestrian section of St. Catherine Street becomes a huge open-air art gallery
Gay and Lesbian Associations
There are a number of associations for the LGBT communities in Montreal covering a range of health and social issues. However, most of them are French-speaking or have websites in French only. Those with English websites are listed below:
- The Community Center for Gays and Lesbians of Montreal is a non-profit organization holding regular meetings, workshops and seminars
- Equipe Montreal is an LGBT sports association holding regular events, training sessions and competitions for various sports
- GRIS Montreal raises awareness of gay, lesbian and bisexual reality in order to facilitate the integration of homosexuals and bisexuals into society
Several organizations in Montreal are aimed at the health and well being of the gay and lesbian communities of the city:
- The McGill University Sexual Identity Centre (MUSIC) provides specialist mental health care and counseling to people with sexual orientation issues
- Clinic Actuel specializes in the treatment and healthcare of Montreal’s LGBT communities and particularly in STIs, hepatitis, HIV, and AIDS
- Project 10 promotes the personal, social, sexual and mental health and wellbeing of youth and adults aged 14 to 25 who are unsure of their sexuality, or who are already part of the LGBT community
- Maison Plein Coeur aims to contribute towards the prevention of the spread of HIV and AIDS, and also promotes health and the quality of life for those living with HIV and AIDS
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