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 is a new group for English speaking L.G.B.T.Q.2.I.A.+ seniors (50+) seeking to reduce their isolation through activities and information sessions. We promote a lifestyle where L.G.B.T.Q.2.I.A.+ English speaking seniors can live their lives with dignity in an affirming, inclusive, supportive and healthy environment.
The group was formed in July 2018. Its genesis stemmed from an initiative by two individuals, Bruce, a-soon-to-be retired gay director of a community organization, and Miranda an outreach worker from Prevention C.D.N./ N.D.G. At the initial meeting, 15 L.G.B.T.Q.2.I.A.+ seniors were present.
We now have over 60 members and continue to grow. We are an inclusive group welcoming 2-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex 50+ individuals. 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.
We sponsor a community conference sensitizing health and social workers to the needs of the senior English speaking L.G.B.T.Q.2.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. Our group requires a minimal membership fee to help offset some of our promotional costs. Promotion is the key to helping other L.G.B.T.Q.2.I.A.+ English-speaking seniors learn about the group. We have a small board of directors and other individuals who help organize our activities.
You can learn more about us from our Facebook page, Gay and Grey Montreal, or by contacting us at email@example.com