Montreal is a free, open city. People from every country and religion are welcome here. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are an important part of Montreal, too. There is a neighbourhood where many bars, discos, restaurants, and other business operate for LGBT people. This neighbourhood is called “the Village”. It is centered along Ste. Catherine Street east, between St.Hubert and Papineau Streets, between metro Berri-UQAM and metro Papineau. Metro Beaudry is really in the heart of the Village, and the metro station building is decorated with the colourful rainbow flag representing the LGBT community.
Montreal is famous as a friendly city for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender tourists. Many LGBT people come from other countries to visit Montreal, where they feel free to enjoy themselves. On long weekends, there are big dance events at the Olympic Stadium that are sponsored by a non-profit organziation called BBCM. The raise money for gay charities, and tens of thousands of visitors come to Montreal (mostly from the U.S.) to attend these events.
Many LGBT people live and work in this neighbourhood, but many other live all over the city. Everyone is welcome in the Village, and it is a neighbourhood like any other. In the Village, there is a memorial park to remember people who died of AIDS. In the summer, there is the the famous LGBT Pride parade, where gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people show they are proud and celebrate their freedom in Montreal.
If you have questions about LGBT issues, or you have questions about your sexuality, you can call the Gay Line, between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm every night. Volunteers answer the phones. All calls are confidential (secret). The number is 514-866-5090.
In French: Call Gai-Écoute at 514-866-0103
The Concordia Students Union has a club for LGBT people at the university:
In Montreal, there are some LGBT groups for people from different countries:
Au dela de l’arc en ciel /Beyond the Rainbow (Spanish speaking)
Helem Montreal (Lebanese, in French, English or Arabic)
AGIR a group for LGBT/Queer refugees, immigrants and other newcomers