The fight against homophobia and transphobia
In 2008, the Minister of Justice was given responsibility by the Québec government for the fight against homophobia.
The aim of the government, working with many different partners, is to ensure full recognition of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans and queers (LGBTQ) in Québec society.
Although Québec has passed legislation to recognize the legal equality of sexual minority members, they have yet to achieve full social acceptance.
The 2017-2022 Government Action Plan against Homophobia and Transphobia: Québec, rich in its diversity, was launched on May 17. A budget of $10 million over five years has been allocated for its implementation, including $2 million for the year 2017-2018.
Like its predecessor, the second action plan promotes respect for the rights of sexual minority members and helps raise public awareness about the realities they face. Special attention is paid to the most vulnerable groups such as young people, the elderly, trans individuals and Aboriginals, as well as people living in regions and communities where fewer resources are available.
The plan establishes five priorities:
- openness to sexual diversity;
- respect for the rights of and support for sexual minority members;
- the creation of safe, inclusive environments;
- the adaptation of public services;
- the coherence and effectiveness of any actions taken.
The action plan also has eight objectives, supporting 38 measures based on recommendations and input from many different partners in the government, community and university sectors, as well as civil society.
The Report on actions implemented under the 2011-2016 Government Action Plan against Homophobia was made public on April 3, 2017.
The action plan led to the implementation of a number of measures, including:
- the creation of the Bureau de lutte contre l’homophobie to coordinate government actions and administer the fight against homophobia program;
- the creation of the Chaire de recherche sur l’homophobie, with $475,000 in funding over five years, to find out more about the realities facing the members of sexual minorities;
- two media-based awareness-raising campaigns that reached 75% of the Québec population on average;
- the Fight against Homophobia program, which provided $1.3 million in funding for 64 projects mainly proposed by community organizations;
- supplementary assistance for 23 community organizations in the form of $1.84 in funding to increase their ability to act.
The action plan set out 60 measures resulting from the joint action and commitment of eleven government departments to support the members of sexual minorities in the social, community and professional arenas and increase public knowledge about sexual diversity
The Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia Program provides support for community organizations that implement projects to help prevent or combat prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and to promote full social recognition for the members of sexual minorities. The program issues public calls for projects, and follows from the 2017-2022 Government Action Plan against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Since 2011, this financial assistance program has contributed to 94 projects implemented by 45 organizations, with total investments of almost $1.9 million.
For further informations, please contact Mr. Jonathan Vidal at 514 490-2383, ext. 53759, or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Québec Policy against Homophobia was launched in December 2009. Its four main guidelines, each of which includes strategic choices targeting specific objectives, are as follows:
- recognize the realities faced by sexual minority members;
- promote respect for the rights of sexual minority members;
- promote wellbeing;
- ensure a concerted approach.
The Ministère de la Justice commissioned surveys from outside firms in 2013 and 2017 to measure perceptions and attitudes to sexual diversity in Québec.
- Enquête téléphonique sur la perception et les attitudes de la population québécoise à l'égard des réalités LGBT - May 2017 (in French)
- Press release on the survey - May 2017 (in French)
- Évaluation de la campagne de sensibilisation pour lutter contre l'homophobie - July 2013 (in French)
The Bureau de lutte contre l'homophobie, under the authority of the Ministère de la Justice, oversees the implementation, monitoring and assessment of the Government action against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Ministère de la Justice
Bureau de lutte contre l’homophobie
410, rue de Bellechasse Est, local 2-047
Montréal (Québec) H2S 1X3