Montréal Pride, the largest Francophone Pride in the world, will organize the first ever PRIDE CANADA. From August 11 to 20, 2017, Montréal’s Pride will light up with thousands of rainbow flags from all over Canada

“It will be a great opportunity to promote the Canadian LGBT movement and to reaffirm Montréal and Québec’s position as leaders of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites, transgender, intersex, questioning and two-spirited (LGBTTIQ2S+)”, states Éric Pineault, president of Montréal Pride.

“In addition to ensuring national exposure for the Canadian Pride movement, it’s about promoting the advancement of rights for the LGBTQ community and to offer the public, on this occasion, an inclusive high quality event open to all, to help change social attitudes.”

An Exceptional Event, an Exceptional Calendar!

Exceptionally, Canada Pride Montréal 2017 will run for ten consecutive days, incorporating two full weekends of rare events, in EuroPride or World Pride fashion. Also, Canada Pride will be held in a different Canadian city every four years, instigated by Montréal Pride.

Thus, a sports tournament will take place from Friday 11 to Sunday, August 13, 2017, where many LGBTQ athletes and their friends will compete in different disciplines, among them, badminton, running, swimming, rugby, tennis, volleyball and water polo, not to mention dragon Boat!

A National Conference on LGBTQ Rights

Entitled “The Lives of LGBTTIQ2S+: Our Struggles, our Victories, our Challenges,” a huge national conference on the rights of LGBTQ will follow from Tuesday 15 to Thursday, August 17, 2017. During those three days, several workshops, discussion panels, plenary sessions and presentations by keynote speakers will address, among other topics:

  • Pride movements in Canada
  • Research and science on LGBTQ2S communities
  • LGBTQ2S in the workplace and the unions’ approaches
  • Youth and seniors
  • Homoparental families
  • Transsexuality and transgender
  • Economic implications for the LGBTQ community
  • And an analysis of the international LGBTQ2S situation.

Like the 2006 Outgames conference (10 years ago already) this major symposium will examine, according to a variety of cultural and identity perspectives, issues of concern to LGBTQ communities. “Furthermore, the particular realities facing women and multiracial communities will command rigorous and proactive thinking,” insists the President of Montréal Pride. In his words, Canada Pride Montréal 2017 is to date the sole LGBT event in Montréal’s 375th anniversary festivities, and participation in the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation celebrations need confirmation.

A Prominent Place for Community Groups

“Of course, the community component ensures the sustainability of our struggles and the vigilance in our acquisitions, our DNA, in a way,” continues Éric Pineault. “The extensive work accomplished by community groups will be emphasized so our LGBTQ stories can be inscribed in the living heritage of the 2017 celebrations, Montréal’s 375th anniversary, the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 50 years of Expo 67,” he puts forth.

To encourage the participation of community groups, registration of LGBTQ2S groups in the Pride Parade and Community Day will now be free if their budget is less than $75,000. To guarantee the group’s participation, we will require only a deposit.

A Space for “Community Visibility”

“Visibility scholarships will be granted to ten community group participants,” adds Éric Pineault. “These grants will include free postcard printing, creation of a promotional photo video, creation and printing of a banner and visibility on our media platforms and social media. A jury will select the recipient group.”

Te Founding President of Pride Montreal announces that a ​​“Community Visibility” space will be set up on the street where all groups can display their posters and postcards and other visual elements. Scholarships will be offered to community groups so they can participate free of charge at the Conference on LGBTQ2 rights.

“Partnerships will be arranged with all groups who wish to include an event in the Pride programming, he adds. These associated events will be promoted free of charge and some financial support provided to the groups.”

Culture(s) … on the Menu!

An entirely new community stage will turn the spotlights on the LGBTQ2S community and cultural groups from Montréal, Québec and Canada. What’s more, shows will be specifically created for youth and seniors, too often forgotten in Pride events.

Canada Pride Montréal 2017 programming will showcase at least thirteen grandiose cultural shows. Event-Partner of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, the show “Here’s Montréal ” will feature top stars of the Montréal music scene. Simultaneously, the “Here’s Pride Canada” show will hopefully be a partner-event of Canada’s 150th anniversary, showcasing Canadian stars.

A new performance space, a second major site will feature exciting shows from August 18 to 20, 2017. We will announce all details this fall. The main stage, in turn, will focus on artists from multicultural communities, to demonstrate all the richness and legacy of their cultures, during an entirely new show.

Canada Pride Montréal 2017 will open a Canada Pride House, a meeting place where each day, representatives from the Canadian Pride groups will gather to share and work together to educate Canadians on LGBT people.

Finally, an Avenue of Québec Regional Specialties will add to the festivities, highlighting “great tastes” from this “remarkable decade.” Totally mouth watering!

It’s a Date!

Registration for Canada Pride Montréal 2017 will open Tuesday, October 4, 2016. “On that day we will reveal the names of our 15 Grand Marshals for the 2017 Montréal Pride edition, says Éric Pineault, and the name of the Organizing Committee President for the LGBTQ2S Conference on Rights.”

Pride Canada will be the only LGBTQ partner-event held during the Montréal 375th anniversary celebrations.

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