Press Release

An Outstanding Contingent of Grand Marshals for Canada Pride Montréal 2017

Montréal, July 31, 2017 – For the first ever national edition of Canada Pride next August 10 to 20, Montréal Pride unveiled the list of its 17 Grand Marshals whose exceptional contribution to the cause and to the rights of the sexual diversity and gender plurality it wishes to recognize. “We are extremely proud these remarkable people who, each in their own way, are committed to the LGBTQ+ cause, have accepted our invitation,” said Éric Pineault, President and Founder. “They come from every horizon within our communities but have in common the fact they have made and continue to make a difference in their environment and their field of activity.”

The Grand Marshals will take part in the Sunday August 20 parade which promises to be the largest of its kind in Canada, bringing together for the first time Canada’s 96 Pride organizations. It will be led by a contingent of Indigenous Peoples in recognition of Canada’s founding peoples, the First Nations, the Inuit and the Métis.

Grand Marshals from Every Horizon in 2017

  • John Banks, a native Montrealer who was private secretary to the legendary Marlene Dietrich and one of Canada’s first LGBT activists as a militant in Vancouver in the ‘60s and then, in Montréal, from the ‘70s to this day. He co-organized the first Pride march in Montreal in 1979.
  • Janik Bastien-Charlebois, professor of sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a researcher on intersex studies and sexual and gender diversity, activist for the recognition of the rights of intersex persons
  • Puelo Deir, playwright, producer and publicist, was one of the co-founders of de Divers/Cité, Montréal’s original LGBTQ+ Pride parade and Director of Table de concertation des gais et lesbiennes de Montréal now known as Conseil québécois LGBT
  • Khloé Dubé, 15 year old transgender teenager, assigned as a boy at birth and transitioning for the last three years
  • Florence Gagnon, creator of the Lez Spread The Word resource platform for lesbians in 2012, cocreator and executive producer of the fiction series FÉMININ/FÉMININ winner of 2 Gémeaux in 2015 and, since 2016, director of publication of the bilingual LSTW Magazine distributed across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe
  • Mona Greenbaum, co-founder and Executive Director of the Coalition of LGBT Families that advocates for families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans parents. She is co-president of the Scientific Committee of the conference on LGBTTIQA2S Lives: Our Struggles, Our Victories, Our Challenges (August 15-17), part of the Canada Pride Montréal 2017 program
  • Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash, young member of the Cree Nation, Political Science student at UQAM, activist with the Idle no more, Montréal Autochtone and Fondation Paroles de femmes organisations and a columnist at journal Métro
  • Mado Lamotte, Montréal’s most famous drag Queen in Quebec, a character created and embodied for 30 years by Luc Provost, who has paved the way for emerging drag queens thanks to her eponymous Cabaret
  • Tasheka Lavann, lesbian activist and former Miss Antigua and Barbada and television news anchor turned LGBT activist, she fled her country to seek protection in Toronto where she lives with her partner and works as a singer/event host and motivational speaker
  • Fleurien Leth Graveson, genderqueer artist and activist based in Montréal, they co-run the Asexual Community of Montréal, and have a passion for bringing to the spotlight lesser-known identities such as non-binary genders, asexuality and aromanticism
  • Stuart Milk is a global LGBT rights advocate who has worked on the ground supporting struggling LGBT communities in over 60 nations on six continents. He is co founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. As the nephew of Harvey Milk, Stuart has expanded his uncle’s example and courage, successfully leading historic campaigns for an annual holiday, US Postage stamp and US Navy ship, all named after Harvey
  • Martine Roy, established resource groups in support of LGBT employees at IBM where she has worked since 1999, is a board member of Pride at Work Canada, was President of Fondation Émergence till 2015 and since June 2017, is a Commissioner for youth of the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission
  • Bill Ryan, professor of social work, of gender and sexual diversity and family therapy at McGill University. His research has centered among others on gay youth and homophobia. He also co-presides the Scientific Committee of the conference on LGBTTIQA2S Lives: Our Struggles, Our Victories, Our Challenges (August 15-17), part of the Canada Pride Montréal 2017 program
  • Jack Saddleback, a Two-Spirit Transgender gay man from the Samson Cree Nation, was third Indigenous person and first transgender person elected President of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union. Today, an activist member of several committees including the National Indigenous Youth Council on Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS
  • Mark Singh is the former President of Fierté Canada Pride, and former Co-Chair of Pride Toronto. He initiated and lead the successful bid for WorldPride Toronto 2014. He has also served on the board of Interpride.
  • Chrissy Taylor, a genderqueer, queer person (they, them), currently Vice President, Operations for InterPride and former Vice President of the Vancouver Pride Society, has spent many years in health equity research working with sex workers and PLWAIDS (people living with AIDS)
  • Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Gold Medalist, Barcelona (1992), was Chef de mission, London Summer Olympic Games (2012), is an international key note speaker active on all continents and a recognized global leader on LGBT sport issues

Partners Loyal to the LGBTTIQA2S Communities and Their Cause

TD is the official event presenter for an eighth consecutive year and the TD stage in Parc des Faubourgs will host all the blockbuster shows. For the first time, the 2017 national edition will also be presented in collaboration with Casino de Montréal who, thanks to a three-year agreement, will sponsor all the outdoor programming at the Place Émilie-Gamelin site. Montréal Pride which has also entered into a first collaboration with evenko, is thankful for the essential support of its other partners including Canadian Heritage, the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, Viagra – the official presenter of the parade —, Fido, Tourisme Montréal, SiriuxXM, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Coors Light, Quebecor, 24h and Fugues.

About Montréal Pride

Founded in 2007 at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ communities, Montréal Pride is dedicated to promoting LGBTQ rights and celebrates their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual diversity and gender plurality in the francophone world, Montréal Pride works locally day-to-day while serving as a beacon of hope for people around the world living in LGBTQ-hostile areas.

From August 10 to 20, 2017, the festival’s special Canada Pride Montréal 2017 edition will be part of the official programming of Montréal’s 375th celebrations and Canada 150 festivities. It will offer more than 200 activities and events, with something for everyone.

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For information:

Louis-André Bertrand
Montréal Pride
Communications Director
[email protected]
C. 514 661-5826

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