Quebec Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign in Wake of Teen Gay Suicide


Unconnected but in the direct wake of another tragic gay teen suicide, that of Jamie Hubley in Ottawa, the Canadian province of Québec has just announced a massive anti-gay bullying campaign.

It is part of a C$7 million funded anti-homophobia initiative announced in May.

Québec Justice minister Jean-Marc Fournier said money will be shared among agencies working to protect the rights of LGBT people. The campaign will focus on demystifying LGBT people within the community and ensuring they are treated fairly at school, work and society at large.

“We’ve increased the budget to multiply their activities, and thus curb the phenomenon of homophobia,” Fournier said.

Robert Laramée of Québec LGBT group Fondation Émergence hailed the initiative, which he said will help non-profit groups work on behalf of LGBT people, young and old, throughout the province.

The Action Plan to Fight Against Homophobia [PDF] announced in May provides grants for projects involving up to two years and for amounts of up to $ 50,000 per year.

Project objectives are:

  • demystifying the realities of the various identities and sexual orientations;
  • strengthening the full recognition of LGBT rights;
  • encourage the development of methods and tools for screening, prevention and intervention to promote well-being of LGBT people.

Laramée said:

“We must acknowledge these concrete gesture of our government that will allow us to consolidate and protect the gains. But more importantly, we will ensure that actions are undertaken in all regions of Quebec with local people, young and old and ‘diverse cultural backgrounds’, because we have still a huge job to do.”

The Minister of Justice considers liaison between the LGBT community groups crucial.

“Since the agencies working with sexual minorities are doing invaluable work every day and have invaluable expertise in the field of sexual diversity, I am committed to working with them. The success of the fight against homophobia depends on the sum of the shares of each organization,” Fournier says.

The coordinator, Mr. Roger Noel, of the Office of Fight Against Homophobia, was chosen among others for his extensive experience in the struggle against homophobia in government.


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Horsehockey Horace
Past Member 7 years ago

.....some reason, a lot of homophobes get caught soliciting in public restrooms. Why is that?

Victoria M.
Past Member 7 years ago

jana have you been spayed yet dear? perhaps there is a TNR program in your neighborhood?

Jana B.
Mrs B7 years ago

(continued) The only epidemiological study to date on the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men lose up to 20 years of life expectancy. Monogamy, meaning long-term sexual fidelity, is rare in GLB relationships, particularly among gay men. One study reported that 66 percent of gay couples reported sex outside the relationship within the first year, and nearly 90 percent if the relationship lasted five years.

Encouraging people to engage in risky sexual behavior undermines good health and can result in a shortened life span. Yet that is exactly what employers and governmental entities are doing when they grant GLB couples benefits or status that make GLB relationships appear more socially acceptable.

Face it folks - it's not natural. Period. But if you'd like to throw out the ''it's my body'', ''love is love'', ''I was born that way'' excuses, be my guest. Don't come crying to the Medical System when you contract HIV/AIDS or any other kind of STD. You did it to yourself.

Jana B.
Mrs B7 years ago

Sad to see that people are moving more toward acceptance of this disgusting way of life and not towards the way nature truly intended things. What a perversion. *sigh*....

Prior to the AIDS epidemic, a 1978 study found that 75 percent of white, gay males claimed to have had more than 100 lifetime male sex partners: 15 percent claimed 100-249 sex partners; 17 percent claimed 250-499; 15 percent claimed 500- 999; and 28 percent claimed more than 1,000 lifetime male sex partners. The medical consequence of this promiscuity is that gays have a greatly increased likelihood of contracting HIV/AIDS, syphilis and other STDs. Common sexual practices among gay men lead to numerous STDs and physical injuries, some of which are virtually unknown in the heterosexual population. Lesbians are also at higher risk for STDs. In addition to diseases that may be transmitted during lesbian sex, a study at an Australian STD clinic found that lesbians were three to four times more likely than heterosexual women to have sex with men who were high-risk for HIV. It is well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts, among gays and lesbians. This is true even in the Netherlands, where gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) relationships are far more socially acceptable than in the U.S. Depression and drug abuse are strongly associated with risky sexual practices that lead to serious medical problems. The only epidemiological study

marc horton
marc horton7 years ago

way to go i agree with jill b,everyone must follow suit,love will prevail

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin7 years ago

In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.


Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior.

Winn Adams
Winn A7 years ago

Yippeeeeeeeeeee - terrific

Cori J.
Cori Johnson7 years ago


Catherine Gimlewicz

I live in Quebec, and I'm glad we're doing something against homophobia and bullying, not just at school, but in everyday life, for everyone, too. And I'd like to remind people that it isn't just LTGB people who are bullied, but just about anyone, for the silliest of reason, in school, at work and everywhere. This must stop. People must learn to respect eah other.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers7 years ago

All bullying should be totally unacceptable in schools.