The Quebec Lesbian Network includes all sexually diverse women (women who identify as lesbian, queer, bisexual, two-spirit, trans, pansexual, fluid sexuality, radical lesbian, political, feminist, etc). We represent these women in all regions of Quebec, all ages, social classes, cultural and linguistic communities, different political points of view, those with and without disabilities, etc.
The QLN acts as a spokesperson and interlocutor with decision-making bodies, both political and social, regarding the quality of life of lesbians, sexually diverse women and their community. The QLN is a place of gathering for political and cultural activism, analysis, reflection, exchanges, popular education and training.
It is a place of openness, inclusion, and respect.
The Quebec Lesbian Network, founded in 1996, emerged from a desire to offer an independent voice in a public place to Quebec lesbians. Even though the organization was formed during the Quebec gay and lesbian general conference, when thirty women decided to come together to form an interim committee, it was the decade following the creation of the QLN that confirmed the relevance of the organization and its initiatives. From congresses to conferences, through launches, video co-productions and various networking activities, the QLN has intervened on many social and political issues over the years, ranging from the invisibility of older lesbians to legal recognition of same-sex couples.
While legal advances have been made in the last few years regarding LGBTQ rights, social equality has remained a daily struggle. For example, sexually diverse women tend to be invisible, even within the LGBTQ+ community. Attached to this invisibility are several current issues that affect sexually diverse women and that remain complex: direct and indirect discrimination, lesophobia and internalized lesophobia, aging and housing for seniors, coming-out, lesbian parenting, sexual health, corrective rape, etc.
At a time when the claims of the LGBTQ+ community are increasing and coming together on many points, it is necessary that we provide a united front on certain issues while emphasizing the distinctiveness of women’s sexual diversity. The great historical social movements of the last decades concerning LGBT activism and defending LGBT rights has taught us one thing: despite our distinctions, we are stronger together! It is in this contemporary context that the QLN would like to be more inclusive of all realities of sexually diverse women. Let’s act together for political and social visibility!