Community Organizations

ADA (Au-déla de l'arc-en-ciel)

Discussion group for Hispanic gay men. 

AGIR

AGIR is a non-profit organization for LGBTQ+ refugees and immigrants in Montreal, who offer services, information, programs and resources, in addition to protecting and defending the legal, social and economic rights of migrants (asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, and those with undetermined status) from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities, all in a spirit of solidarity and intersectionality.

Al Massir

Arab LGBTQ+ and feminist collective in Montreal. 

Alterheros

Alterheros is an online network of experts committed to provide information about the challenges of sexual and gender diversity and to demystify LGBTQ+ identities and orientations.

APGM (Association des pères gais de Montréal)

Group of gay dads who, through activities and meetings, share their experiences as gay dads who take care of their children. 

Arc-en-ciel d'Afrique

A community organization focused on the health and well‐being of lesbians, gays bisexuals and transsexuals from Africa and the Caribbean.

L'Asterisk

Place for young LGBTQ* under 25 to get together and get some information. Several services are available, including a phone line, individual counselling, a drop-in center and social activities.

ASTT(e)Q

 ASTT(e)Q aims to promote the health and well-being of trans people through peer support and advocacy, education and outreach, and community empowerment and mobilization.

ATQ (Aide aux Trans du Québec)

ATQ’s mission is to assist trans people before, during and after their journey of transition. Helping and listening are the main pillars of support offered by ATQ through various activities, conferences, group meetups, providing information and fundraising.

Cactus Montreal

CACTUS Montréal is a community organization for the prevention of blood-borne (BBSI) and sexually transmitted infections.We work with injecting and inhaling drug users, sex workers, and trans people.

CAEO

CAEO Quebec’s mission is to combat homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism. SILK, (Sexual Information Leads to Knowledge) is an educational program run by ​​ CAEO ​​ Québec that provides English speaking high schools with free workshops to promote diversity.

CC LGBTQ+ de Montréal

The CC LGBTQ+ acts to improve the well-being of people in LGBTQ+ communities by promoting cooperation and community and social development by individuals and organizations. One of the services of the Centre is the Open Book Library, one of the biggest LGBTQ+ libraries in the Francophony and the world, with more than 20,000 documents (novels, essays, books of poetry, comic books, newspapers, academic books, movies, documentaries, and youth collection) related to the realities of the LGBTQ+ Communities and accessible to everyone.

Centre for Gender Advocacy

The Centre for Gender Advocacy (the Centre) is an independent, student-funded, Concordia University organization, mandated to promote gender equality and empowerment particularly as it relates to marginalized communities (especially LGBTTQIA people). This mandate is achieved through ongoing programming, campaigns, resources, services, advocacy and a commitment to accessibility.

CLGA Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives (based in Toronto).
Come As You Are

Come As You Are Co-operative is the world's only worker-owned co-operative sex shop.  They have a fundamentally anti-capitalist and feminist approach to sexual pleasure, health, and education. 

Conseils Québécois LGBT

The Conseil Quebecois LGBT is an organization for the collective defense of LGBT rights and the primary interlocutor with the government of Quebec on LGBT issues.  

CSL (Centre de Solidarité lesbienne / Lesbian Solidarity Centre)

The CSL's mission is to improve the living conditions of lesbians by providing services and interventions adapted to their reality in the areas of domestic violence, well-being and health.

CSSQ (Coalition Sida des Sourds du Québec/Aids Coalition of the Deaf of Quebec)

The  organization offers preventative and educational services on HIV/AIDS and STBBI for Deaf and Hard of hearing communities in Quebec. We also provide support services to Deaf and Hard of hearing people with HIV/AIDS and STBBI.

Egale

A Canada-wide organization promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.

Equipe Montréal

LGBTQ Sports team coalition.  

Fondation Emergence

The Foundation offers information and awareness programs aimed at favoring the well-being and defense of human rights of LGBT persons. Its main activity consists of planning the International Day against homophobia and transphobia (IDAHOT), which they initiated.  

Fugues Gay/lesbian magazine in Quebec.
Ga'ava

Organization for the LGBT Jewish Community of Montreal. 

Helem

Helem Montreal is an NGO which aims to combat homophobia in the Lebanese Diaspora of Montreal and to support the Arabic-speaking LGBT individuals in Montreal.

Image + Nation

Montreal's annual LGBT film & video festival

Interligne (formerly Gai-écoute)

Interligne is a first response centre that provides help and information to those concerned with sexual orientation and gender diversity.

Jeunesse Lambda

Jeunesse Lambda is a Francophone community organization created by and for lesbian, gay, and bisexual francophone youth aged 25 and under in Montreal. Many activities are geared towards assisting youth with questions about sexuality, coming-out, and acceptance.

Jhalak

Jhalak is a Montreal based LGBTQ organization that aims to provide a safe space for South Asians & members of it's related cultures within the province of Quebec. Through organized socio-cultural, networking and educational support events, Jhalak aims to aid it's demographic integrate smoothly within the LGBTQ community and society in general within Montreal, Quebec and Canada.

LGBT Family Coalition

bilingual group of LGBT parents and future parents advocating for the legal and social recognition of LGBT families, exchanging information and sharing resources. 

LGBTQI Migrants Realités

This website highlights the results of a project that aimed to critically assess the state of knowledge of LGBTQI migrants living in Canada in relation to the state of global LGBTQI realities and migrations. Conducting a scoping review, a broad range of literature (i.e. articles, book chapters, etc.) from the last decade was rapidly assessed in order to map out key themes, tensions as well as strengths and gaps in knowledge about this topic. In total, 241 publications were included in this scoping review. This project also highlights various policy and practice implications for LGBTQI migrants living in Canada and identifies key areas for future research.

Literary Pride/Fierté Littéraire

Literary Pride presents a series of events to discover authors from the LGBT community. 

Medicins du Monde/Doctors of the World

Present in Canada and in 78 countries around the world, Doctors of the World is an independent international movement of untiring activists who care about, witness and support social change. Through our innovative medical programs and evidence-based advocacy, we empower excluded people and their communities to seek medical care while fighting for universal access to healthcare.

Montreal Pride

Montreal Pride is a week of cultural and Community activities, hosted in August. 

Never Apart

 Gallery and cultural space aiming to educate on equality, the environment and conscious living, while celebrating both established and emerging artists. The platform is geared towards igniting positive change and unity through culture — gatherings, music, art exhibitions, panel discussions, workshops and special events, often highlighting queer artists.

PLURI

PLURI (Peace Love Unity Respect Initiative) aims to reduce harm on dancefloors by organizing workshops and discussions. They organize discussions with marginalized communities to reflect on boundaries and experiences at events. They produce workshops for allies to encourage engagement and being actively useful and supportive of others.  PLURI is a feminist, anti-racist, anti-discriminatory platform proactively creating change within music communities. 

Pride Team: Argyle Institute

The Pride Team at the Argyle Psychotherapy Institute is made up of therapists from all levels of experience with and within LGBTQ+  communities.  All Pride Team therapists are committed to and have received training in the principles of LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, and are supportive of individuals in their sexual and gender identity exploration.  Services include individual, couple, and family therapy to LGBTQ+ communities, are offered in French and English, and according to a sliding scale according to income. 

Prisoner Correspondence Project

The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a solidarity project for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with people a part of these same communities outside of prison.

Project 10

Project 10 is a community organization that provides peer counselling, support, and referrals to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, intersex, queer and questioning youth aged 14-25. One-on-one in person meetings and accompaniments are available. Project 10 also conducts outreach activities, speaking in schools and giving presentations to health care professionals etc on queer and trans issues and realities and safer spaces. Drop in Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Listening line from Monday-Thursday from 12-6pm. Free.

The Quebec Gay Archives

Collects, conserves and preserves materials that document the history of the gay and lesbian communities of Quebec.

Queer Between the Covers

Provides access to queer materials that are otherwise unavailable in the city, and draws attention to the role of queer bookstores in providing community space and supporting cultural production.

Quebec Lesbian Network

The only defence of rights organization that exclusively addresses Quebec lesbians. 

REZO

REZO is a community-based organization for gay and bisexual men in Montreal whose focus is overall health promotion as well as the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Taking What We Need

Taking What We Need is an informal collective organizing to fight for the lives of our sisters and ourselves. We acknowledge and abhor the reality that many transfeminine people face on a daily basis, falling at the intersections of poverty, racism, misogyny, social isolation, and colonial violence. Taking What We Need’s primary mission is to empower our sisters through discretionary funding and build solidarity within our community by collectively resisting transmisogyny.

Trans Pride (Fierté Trans)

Annual Event aiming at raising awareness about trans rights. 

Union for Gender Empowerment

The Union for Gender Empowerment is a trans-positive feminist service of the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU). Alternative lending library (with over a thousand titles!); a co-op stocking pay-what-you-can ecologically responsible menstrual products, DIY sex toys, safer sex supplies, and gender empowerment items; and a zine library. The UGE also runs trans* 101/allyship and anti-oppression workshops for other organizations and projects, and has a resource binder with information about abortion services, counseling, and queer/trans*-friendly health services in Montreal.

West Island LGBTQ Youth Centre

The Youth Center provides support and referrals to young people with questions about their sexuality or gender identity. Folks can call in to talk to someone, or to arrange a one-on-one meeting. Drop-in Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30-8pm. Free.


Land Acknowledgment

Map of Montreal

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respects the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.* 

Recognizing the history of where you stand is important, and becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events and activities across Canada.

Here are a few tips to remember if you want to make a land acknowledgment before a class presentation, in a written document, or when hosting an event. 

 


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