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Montréal Pride Unveils the Composition of the Scientific Committee Overseeing the Equality & Legality – International Conference on Sexual Diversity & Gender Plurality in the Francophonie

conference-francophonie-2017_HR-V2Montréal, February 28, 2017 – Montréal Pride President, Éric Pineault, announced the composition of the scientific committee, which will be responsible for guiding the content of the Equality & Legality international conference, which will be held on August 18 as part of the celebrations for Canada Pride Montréal 2017.

Mr. Pineault said that he is delighted to have assembled a scientific committee that brings together researchers, academics, and LGBTQ activists from Québec, Canada and seven countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “The members of the committee are experts who possess experience and an in depth understanding of the issues of sexual diversity and gender plurality in the world. Their contribution will enable us to offer a conference with rich content that highlights the different LGBTQ realities in the Francophonie.”

Co-chairs: Line Chamberland and Patrick Awondo

Montréal Pride is particularly pleased that the internationally renowned Québec researcher, Line Chamberland, Ph.D., and the Cameroonian researcher with an expertise on issues of homosexuality, migration and AIDS in Africa, Patrick Awondo, Ph.D., have agreed to co-chair the work of the committee.

The committee met last week for the first time by conference call. It is made up of 13 members. They are:

Patrick Awondo (Yaoundé, CMR) Teacher-Reseracher, Université Yaoundé 1
Line Chamberland (Montréal, QC) Professor and Research Chair on Homophobia at The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Rami Ayari (Tunis, TUN & Montréal, QC) LGBTQ Activist and Founder of Without Restrictions (Tunisia)
Noël Badiou (Sudbury, ON) Assistant Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights at Laurentian University
Christophe Broqua (Abidjan, CIV & Bordeaux, FRA) Researcher, Université Paris Nanterre
Dominique Dubuc (Sherbrooke, QC) LGBTQ Activist, Professor, Cegep de Sherbrooke
Steph El Haddad (Beirut, LBN) LGBTQ Activist, Programme Coordinator at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
Arnaud Gauthier-Fawas (Paris, FRA) LGBTQ Activist, International Spokesperson for Inter-LGBT
Carlos Idibouo (Toronto, ON & Abidjan, CIV) LGBTQ Activist, FrancoQueer, GLISA, Maison des cultures et des diversités humaines
Monia Lachheb (Tunis, TUN) Research Professor, University of Manouba
David Paternotte (Brussels, BEL) Research Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles
Martine Roy (Montréal, QC) Activist, Pride at Work Canada & former President of Fondation Émergence
Frida Wahrania* (Algeria) LGBTQ Activist, ILGA Africa

Detailed biographical notes (in French) for each member of the committee are available here.

Today, in the Francophonie, many countries still severely repress people who express their difference through gender identity or sexual orientation. In some cases, identifying as an LGBTQ person is punishable by death, in others by imprisonment, and almost everywhere by some form of stigmatization, if not outright discrimination. The scientific committee itself must deal with this harsh reality given that one of its members, Frida Wahrania* from Algeria, needs to conceal her true identity using an alias due to the risks that her activism may have on her personal safety. The challenge of protecting the identity of vulnerable people is one that the conference organisers take to heart. During the conference, Montréal Pride intends to create a safe and friendly space that will welcome these activists from around the world in a secure environment.

The Equality and Legality conference is made possible thanks to the financial support of its presenting sponsor, the Government of Québec, and is organised in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue. For anyone interested in this conference, additional information is available at: http://www.fiertemontrealpride.com/en/conference-francophonie.

About Montréal Pride

Founded in 2007 at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ communities, Montréal Pride is the largest LGBTQ gathering in the francophone world. Montréal Pride is dedicated to defending LGBTQ rights, promoting our cultural wealth and celebrating our social advances. Working day-to-day, Fierté Montréal supports local LGBTQ communities while serving as a beacon of hope for people around the world living in LGBTQ-hostile areas.

From August 10 to 20, 2017, the festival’s special Canada Pride Montréal 2017 edition will be featured as part of the official programming of Montréal’s 375th celebrations and Canada 150 festivities. It will offer more than 150 activities and events, with something for everyone.


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For more information:

Daniel St-Louis
Montréal Pride
[email protected]
Mobile: 514 232-1165

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