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HISTORY OF THE CQGL 

The Quebec Council of Gay and Lesbian, CQGL – was created in 1992 to meet the needs of lesbian and gay communities to acquire of a socio-political action organization aiming at the recognition of their rights. 

Originally, the abuse and abuse of gay men and lesbians – repeated and brutal killings and police raids, etc. – indicated the urgency of rallying behind a common body. The idea of ​​a concerted action took on its full meaning and allowed 

Over the years, a number of high-value individuals have invested in the organization and enabled it to adapt to different challenges. The actions that these people have taken are numerous. Some examples:

1994
The Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights (CDPDJ), at the instigation of the TCLGQ, begins public consultations and publishes a report on violence and discrimination against gay men and lesbians entitled: ”  From illegality to equality  “. 

For the first time in the history of Quebec and North America, a government agency recognizes the specific needs that these difficulties generate, particularly in the areas of health and social services, relations with police forces, legal equality, and made some forty recommendations to the National Assembly and the Government of Quebec.

1996
The TCLGQ organizes the 1st  Estates General of the Gay and Lesbian Communities in Quebec entitled “From Illegality to Equality”.

1998
The TCLGQ establishes the Quebec Coalition for the Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses, which brings together the main gay and lesbian organizations in Quebec, lesbian and gay activists, the three major union centers in Quebec (FTQ, CSN, CSQ) and some of their affiliated unions, as well as the Quebec Women’s Federation.

1999
Following pressure from the Coalition, the National Assembly adopted  Bill 32  ”  An Act to amend various legislative provisions concerning de facto spouses   ” that recognizes same-sex couples the same rights and the same responsibilities as spouses different sex living in a common-law relationship. The federal Parliament follows suit a year later and adopts the Bill C-23  , ”  An Act to modernize of Benefits and Obligations Act of Canada  ” .

2000
The TCLGQ organizes a national conference entitled  Our Communities in Action, reflecting on the future of lesbian and gay communities . (The issues discussed: conjugality and parenthood, education, political action, science and gay and lesbian health, culture.)

2002
The TCLGQ is participating in the Grand Summit of Montreal organized by Mayor Gérald Tremblay. On this occasion, the president of the organization, Pierre Valois, manages to demonstrate the importance of the LGBT community in the development and influence of the city. In fact, following the President’s special presentations, official Summit texts will include the term LGBT in order to clearly identify the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transgender community.

2002
The Coalition co-ordinates the filing of more than thirty briefs to the parliamentary commission of the National Assembly of Quebec which studies Bill  84  ”  An Act instituting civil union and establishing new rules of filiation “. This bill, which gives same-sex couples access to an institution equivalent to marriage and gives them the same parental rights as heterosexual couples, is passed unanimously.

2003
Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights entitled:  Marriage and Recognition of Same-Sex Unions,  Equality of Citizens and Freedom of Choice.

2004

The TCLGQ is organizing the 1st LGBT community general meeting in Quebec City under the theme “From Legal Equality to Social Equality”. The event follows in his remarks and his questioning to the report of the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights: From Illegality to Equality (1996) and for which a follow-up of the recommendations was important. 

For the first time, transsexual, transgender and bisexual people are invited to take part in the event to include their own issues and concerns to ours.

2005

Table joins forces with pan-Canadian organization ‘Canadians for the Equal Right to Marriage’ to pass Bill C-38 amending marriage fund requirements to finally allow gays and lesbians to marry. The Table testifies before committees of the House of Commons and the Senate and launches a media campaign for the bill that will receive royal assent in July.

More recently, the TCLGQ participated in the work of the Joint Task Force against Homophobia set up by the Government of Quebec in the fall of 2004 and whose responsibility was entrusted one year later to the Commission on Human Rights. person and youth rights (CDPDJ). 

This Working Group, which brings together representatives from ten ministries and three Quebec government secretariats as well as representatives from the main Quebec LGBT organizations, concluded its work in May 2006. 

We are hopeful that most of these reflections on adapting government services to the needs and realities of LGBT persons will be reflected in the recommendations contained in the report that the CDPDJ will be tabling in January 2007. In the same vein, a national policy to fight homophobia.

2006 – Transformation

Year of the most important for the TCLGQ, on the one hand, but also for the entire Quebec LGBT community. 

As a result of a thorough reflection led by its directors, during a special general meeting held in June 2006, the Table changes its name and orientation and officially becomes the Quebec Council of gays and lesbians. lesbians. 

From an essentially consultative body, to becoming the CQGL, the organization adopts the following mission: “The Quebec Gay and Lesbian Council (CQGL) is a place of activism, awareness, analysis, reflection, dialogue , debate, awareness and training. 

The Council seeks to consolidate and ensure the sustainability of the gains that have allowed Quebec gays and lesbians to achieve legal equality. It also claims their right to social equality, that is to say, their right to see this legal equality translate into de facto equality in everyday life. LGBT people will be able to participate freely and fully integrate into the social, cultural, political and economic life of their community. “.

In addition, during this same assembly, administrators and administrators of the CQGL present for approval an ambitious 2006-2011 strategic plan, a five-point plan: increased funding by an increased number of members; increase visibility and intervention through improved communication tools and a marketing plan; improve and improve external relations; take note of the realities of the LGBT community in a global perspective; take note of the Consultation Report of the Joint Task Force on Homophobia and, as far as it can, respond to it. This plan is adopted unanimously.

Another highlight for the CQGL in 2006 was the creation within the Advisory Committee of the autonomous community action of a 21st sector to include LGBT community action within the autonomous community movement in Quebec.

That said, 2006 is the year of the first global Outgames (gay games) in Montreal. The attention of the world is turned to gay games but also to the International Conference on Human Rights of LGBT, organized on the sidelines of sports competitions. This far-reaching event comes to an end on the “Declaration of Montreal”, a position paper that will be tabled at the United Nations (UN) by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Justice Louise Arbor .

2007

Faithful to its strategic plan, the CQGL is more than ever present in the media, through press releases, open letters or radio editorials, in militant action (presence at LGBTA Celebrations, Rainbow Festivals). in Quebec City, at general meetings of its members, etc.) but also in the work of the Advisory Committee for Autonomous Community Action (CAACA), in addition to those of the Secretariat for Autonomous Community Action (SACA). 

In addition, the CQGL begins its first year of existence and takes part in the news by filing many memoirs including, in November: “Commit to the social equality of seniors, including LGBT seniors,” as part of the Public Consultation on Living Conditions for Seniors chaired by Minister Marguerite Blais.

Then in December: “Commit to the social equality of members of the LGBT community”, this time within the framework of the Consultation Commission on accommodation practices related to cultural differences (Bouchard-Taylor Commission). These two briefs are the result of a consultation with organizations and members of the LGBT community.

In terms of communications, the CQGL produces and distributes the first editions of its Equality newsletter sent by email on a regular basis.

2008

The year begins in earnest for the CQGL with the submission, in February, of a dissertation entitled “For Equal Human Rights to be De facto Equality”, as part of the Commission’s public consultation. Social Affairs in relation to Bill 63, An Act to amend the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. 

Great news: the CQGL presents the Rainbow Gala for a 5th edition, this time it will be held at the Lion d’Or. But to do this, the CQGL takes note of the changes in the community since the 4th edition in 2004 and proposes new categories while innovating with the award Coup de coeur of the public. 

In all, 20 people will be nominated, for eight recipients, including the Honorable Louise Arbor, who received the CQGL Grand Prix in front of a crowd of 250, including several personalities from political, business and community. All these are heard to say that the event was a great success!