Waking up bleary eyed in the fall, the summer long Montreal daydream becomes a memory meld of food trucks, festivals, park promenades, and sangria sipping in the sun. Because it’s Montreal (one of the most gay friendly places on Earth) the LGBT community was out frolicking in full force…
Fierté Montreal Pride 2013 was an enormous success, drawing both locals and lovers from around the world to the Gay Village for a week of parades, parties, and pretty pink dots. The ROUGE edition of #fierteMTL broke attendance records with over 340,000 spectators. Big thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, spectators, participants, artists, and allies that made this an unforgettable weekend. Looking forward to ORANGE next year! (August 11-17, 2014)
Divers/Cité is the other LGBT festival that takes place a few weeks before Fierté Montreal Pride. Taking over the beautiful Quai Jacques Cartier in the Old Port, D/C featured a roster of international DJs and the drag event of the season, Mascara!
Tourisme Montreal‘s new LGBT social network, QUEER MTL, hosted a video series called Do Your Thing in MTL, which invited LGBT celebrities from around North America to travel to Montreal and “do their thing” and use our city as their stage. Jonny “Gay Pimp” McGovern did a wacky music video called French Kiss, comedian DeAnne Smith sang us a Mile End Lesbian Love Song, Olympic figure skater and LGBT activist Johnny Weir-Voronov did some icy footwork, transgender model Carmen Carrera did a nearly-nude Burlesque show in the middle of the Gay Village, and our very own Mado Lamotte gave us a hilarious carriage tour of Old Montreal. Check out the performances and interviews on the QUEER MTL YouTube channel.