The group was formed in 2018 to reduce isolation among older members of the English-speaking gay community in Montreal. We use the term ‘gay’ as an over-arching term for the whole community that includes two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual identities. We aim to be as inclusive as possible and are working to learn more about each other’s identities and how we can respect one another in all that we do.
We promote a lifestyle where seniors can live their lives with dignity in an affirming, inclusive, supportive and healthy environment. We organize social activities such as potluck suppers, museum visits, cinema, 5 à 7s, outings to local markets, and community events and hold a weekly social gathering on Friday.
Additionally, we organize community conferences sensitizing health and social workers to the needs of the senior English speaking 2S L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community. We continue to find our place in the community and respond to a variety of individuals – those who “come out” later in life, those who have suffered a loss and find themselves alone, and couples or individuals looking to increase their social sphere.
We respect the individual’s right to privacy and operate on an inclusive basis where discrimination and racism are not acceptable. We have a small board of directors and other individuals who help organize our activities.
Gay and Grey Montreal is a social, mutual aid and sensitization network for English-speaking L.G.B.T.Q.2.I.A.+ individuals over the age of 50 in Montreal and the surrounding area. We are committed to reducing isolation and improving the quality of life for L.G.B.T.Q.2.I.A.+ seniors, while promoting appropriate services in a positive, caring environment for 2-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex people living in Montreal and Quebec.
Gay and Grey Montreal promotes a lifestyle where L.G.B.T.Q.2S+ English speaking seniors can live their lives with dignity in an affirming, inclusive, supportive and healthy environment.