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PRIDE VOICES: Celebrating la Francophonie

Montréal Pride plans to host an alternative Pride celebration aimed towards strengthening the global Francophone movement of the sexual and gender diversity communities…

By Mathieu Audette

In these uncertain times when physical distancing is pervasive throughout the world, we direct our reflection towards the sexual and gender diversity communities that inhabit hostile territories where recognition is not fully achieved. Our highest priority has always been to reach the greatest number of people in our communities and to do that in both French and English, thanks to Montreal’s bilingual status and its location in Quebec. Our bilingual programming illustrates our strength in bringing together artists from here and abroad, and has enabled us to become the biggest Pride celebration of the Francophone world.

With a growing French-speaking population in Africa, we believe that our outreach to smaller organizations will bring renewed hope to countries where recognition of LGBTQ+ communities is not a human right. Part of our mission is reaching out to these countries through our trips to Cameroon, Kenya and the Congo; offering support and assistance to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ people; and spreading love and acceptance of the Pride movement. “In order to address these situations where improvement is crucial, we want to bring together Francophone Pride organizations from around the world and create a grouping that will allow us to interact and, most importantly, transfer knowledge to strengthen the global Francophone sexual and gender diversity movement,” explains Éric Pineault, founding president of Montréal Pride.

The current obstacles rekindle the need to come together as a community. More than ever, our adapted programming will pay tribute to Canada’s Francophonie by making it shine throughout the world. It is by overcoming these difficult times that we will be able to celebrate in the coming years a Francophone Pride by physically bringing together our communities from here and afar!

Be safe, be kind, and be proud!

Happy Pride, and we look forward to celebrating with you differently from August 10 to 16, 2020.

*This article is part of our Pride Voices series: We reached out to Pride organizations from coast to coast and asked them for their messages of support to the LGBTQ2S community, as a reminder that Pride is more than just a parade.

En cette période d’incertitude, où la distance physique est omniprésente dans le monde entier, nous orientons notre réflexion vers les communautés de la diversité sexuelle et de genre qui habitent des territoires hostiles à nos communautés et même d’ici, où la reconnaissance n’est pas pleinement atteinte. Notre plus grande priorité a toujours été de rejoindre le plus grand nombre de personnes de nos communautés en français et en anglais, grâce au statut bilingue de Montréal et à son emplacement au Québec. Notre programmation bilingue illustre notamment notre force à réunir des artistes d’ici et d’ailleurs et nous a permis de devenir la plus grande célébration de la Fierté de la francophonie.

Avec une population francophone croissante en Afrique, nous croyons que notre rayonnement auprès de plus petits organismes permettra un espoir renouvelé pour les pays où la reconnaissance des communautés LGBTQ+ ne figure pas parmi les droits de la personne. Tendre la main à ces pays via nos voyages au Cameroun, au Kenya et au Congo, en offrant un soutien et une aide pour accroître la visibilité des personnes LGBTQ+ et pour répandre l’amour et l’acceptation du mouvement de la Fierté, fait partie de notre mission. « Afin d’aborder ces situations où l’amélioration est cruciale, nous souhaitons rassembler les organisations francophones du mouvement de la Fierté dans le monde, et ainsi créer un regroupement nous permettant d’interagir et surtout, de procéder à un transfert de connaissances visant à renforcer le mouvement global francophone de la diversité sexuelle et de genre. » explique Éric Pineault, président fondateur de Fierté Montréal.

Les obstacles actuels ravivent la nécessité de se rassembler en tant que communauté. Plus que jamais, notre programmation adaptée à la situation rendra hommage à la francophonie au Canada en la faisant rayonner à travers le monde entier. C’est en surmontant ces moments difficiles que nous pourrons célébrer, dans les années à venir, une fierté francophone en rassemblant physiquement nos communautés d’ici et d’ailleurs!

Soyons solidaires, soyons bienveillant.e.s et soyons fier.e.s!

Bonne Fierté à toustes et au plaisir de célébrer différemment avec vous du 10 au 16 août 2020.

MATHIEU AUDETTE has a specialization in Communications from Concordia University and lives in Montréal in order to be closer to the LGBTQ+ communities. He joined the Montréal Pride team in 2019 as the communications coordinator; he ensures the correspondence between the festival’s partners to increase its visibility and participates in the creation of digital creative content.

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