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Mission

The Quebec Lesbian Network is an autonomous community action organization that collectively defends the rights of lesbo-queer women and people, amplifying their voices and visibility to enable them to exist fully.

Its fields of action include:
– Advocacy of existing rights and those to be recognized by political institutions
– Research and documentation about stories and realities of the communities concerned;
– Popular education and awareness-campaigns;
– Organization of community events.

Mission

The Quebec Lesbian Network is an autonomous community action organization that collectively defends the rights of lesbo-queer women and people, amplifying their voices and visibility to enable them to exist fully.

Its fields of action include:
– Advocacy of existing rights and those to be recognized by political institutions
– Research and documentation about stories and realities of the communities concerned;
– Popular education and awareness-campaigns;
– Organization of community events.

Our history

Since it was founded in 1996, the Quebec Lesbian Network emerged from a desire to give Quebec lesbians an autonomous voice in the public arena. While the organization’s genesis can be traced back to Quebec’s gay and lesbian communities États généraux, when around thirty women decided to come together to form a provisional committee, the decade following QLN’s creation only served to confirm the relevance of the organization and its initiatives. From conventions and conferences to cultural launches, video co-productions and various lesbian networking activities, QLN has intervened on many social and political issues over the years, from the invisibility of older lesbians to the legal recognition of same-sex couples.

Our history

Since it was founded in 1996, the Quebec Lesbian Network emerged from a desire to give Quebec lesbians an autonomous voice in the public arena. While the organization’s genesis can be traced back to Quebec’s gay and lesbian communities États généraux, when around thirty women decided to come together to form a provisional committee, the decade following QLN’s creation only served to confirm the relevance of the organization and its initiatives. From conventions and conferences to cultural launches, video co-productions and various lesbian networking activities, QLN has intervened on many social and political issues over the years, from the invisibility of older lesbians to the legal recognition of same-sex couples.

QLN today

While legal advances in LGBTQ+ rights in recent years have been significant, social equality remains a daily struggle. There’s no denying that lesbians, bisexual and queer women and people tend to be invisible, even within the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition to this invisibility, many current issues affecting lesbian communities remain all the more complex:direct or indirect discrimination,  intersection of sexism and homophobia – lesbophobia and internalized lesbophobia-, aging and housing for seniors, coming-out, lesboparentality, sexual health, corrective rape, etc.

At a time when the demands of the LGBTQ+ community are multiplying and converging on many points, it is essential to present a united front on certain issues, while emphasizing the singularity of lesbian and lesbo-queer lives. The great historical and social movements of recent decades, in connection with the defense of LGBTQ+ rights and activism, have taught us one thing: despite our distinct demands, together we are stronger! It is in this contemporary context that the RLQ wishes to once again demand the inclusion of all the realities of lesbian and lesbo-queer communities. 

QLN today

While legal advances in LGBTQ+ rights in recent years have been significant, social equality remains a daily struggle. There’s no denying that lesbians, bisexual and queer women and people tend to be invisible, even within the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition to this invisibility, many current issues affecting lesbian communities remain all the more complex:direct or indirect discrimination,  intersection of sexism and homophobia – lesbophobia and internalized lesbophobia-, aging and housing for seniors, coming-out, lesboparentality, sexual health, corrective rape, etc.

At a time when the demands of the LGBTQ+ community are multiplying and converging on many points, it is essential to present a united front on certain issues, while emphasizing the singularity of lesbian and lesbo-queer lives. The great historical and social movements of recent decades, in connection with the defense of LGBTQ+ rights and activism, have taught us one thing: despite our distinct demands, together we are stronger! It is in this contemporary context that the RLQ wishes to once again demand the inclusion of all the realities of lesbian and lesbo-queer communities. 

Network organizational members and partners

Network organizational members and partners