As part of its commitment to LGBTQ2+ communities, Montréal is taking action to become a more inclusive city and combat prejudice and discrimination.
The city has announced its first set of commitments to address the needs of LGBTQ2+ communities.
Tangible and inclusive actions
Identifying the difficulties LGBTQ2+ communities face
In 2019, LGBTQ2+ communities and partner organizations were consulted to better understand the challenges and barriers LGBTQ2+ communities face in accessing city services.
Educating and training city employees
Montréal has developed awareness tools to help its employees learn more about the realities of LGBTQ2+ communities and to prevent all forms of discrimination. Specifically, the city has pledged to:
- Train 200 city employees, including police officers, on sexual and gender diversity issues each year
- Produce a lexicon to help employees understand the different realities of LGBTQ2+ people, along with a guide to support employees in transition.
Other inclusion measures will be put in place gradually.
Fostering community initiatives
Montréal assists the most vulnerable LGBTQ2+ people at risk of social exclusion by:
- Supporting Interligne, a specialized front-line centre
- Funding the Montréal Pride festival
- Ensuring that LGBTQ2+ organizations can access community space
Collaboration to fight against prejudice and discrimination
To combat homophobia and transphobia, the city:
- Consults community partners whose expertise can help it develop best practices
- Integrates international networks of cities that value the inclusion of LGBTQ2+ people and recognize the richness of diversity.