This spring, the Montreal Youth Coalition Against Homophobia launched a resource and awareness guide called Sexual Orientation and Homophobia: Improving Youth Intervention. Close to a hundred participants from various youth and community centers, CLSC and youth organizations were present at the event on May 5th, at the Direction de la Santé Publique de Montréal.
Many LGBT youth organizations contributed to the writing of this reference tool, whose main goal is to support interventionists working with a young clientele in questioning or having projects related to sexual orientation and homophobia. AlterHéros, Jeunesse Lambda, Project 10, Gai Écoute, GRIS-Montreal, Quebec Lesbian Mothers Association, student associations and many others were among the contributors.
The guide is destined to be an essential tool for everyone working with the Montreal youth. In the first part, the guide lists and explains the set of services offered by the members of the Youth Coalition, as well as giving a description of their activities. The interventionists can thus consult this section in order to refer the youth to organizations and associations best suited to their needs. The services include phone lines, thematic activities, web sites, psychosocial services, demystification workshops, discussion groups, etc. Some of them also offer education on sexual diversity and homophobia. In the second part, the guide proposes an overview of different issues related to the LGBT youth community and provides adequate information to promote the establishment of a safe and prejudice-free mutual aid network for the youth.
What is the Youth Coalition?
The Montreal Youth Coalition Against Homophobia has for goal to support the action of interventionists working with the youth in issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and homophobia. It brings together various organizations involved in the LGBT community so that they can all profit from each other’s expertise.
For over a year and a half, the Youth Coalition has worked on various projects in order to help interventionists fight homophobia. Its other projects include the writing of another practical guide to help students who want to contribute to the building of a more open and tolerant student life. The guide’s spokespeople hope that their work will incite the youth to create or administer LGBT associations in their academic institutions. The volunteers of the Youth Coalition are also working on the production of a general public gathering event for next summer.
Should you desire more information on this guide, you can get in touch with the interventionist of your institution or the person in charge of student life. Should they not possess the guide, it can be directly obtained from the Coalition: Tel. (514) 523-6423; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.coalitionjeunesse.org. The guide is free. A donation of $10 is suggested to help sustain the activities of the organization.