Category Archives: LGBTQ
The Alternative Lifestyles workshop gave a quick look into what we, the ALCC/CCVA are essentially about, and the various alternative lifestyles and marginalized identities and sexuality and what they are. It even brought in more membership!
Sunday January 11th, after the English polyamory group, Prince hosted the Bisexuals Group where a dozen participants shared their opinions about the “Bi-dar”, classic dating techniques, success and failure stories, explored the subject of a possible correlation between gender-bending and bisexuality, then some nuances between romantic orientation versus sexual orientation and finished with a rich brainstorm on how to increase the visibility of the bisexuals community in Montreal by ways of initiating some movement. Prince took all ideas in note and will make some happen shortly.
Gender identity & sexual orientation in the Bi group / l’identité de genre et l’orientation sexuelle
The participants introduce themselves with a quick presentation and we went straight at defining labels and expressions around gender identity and sexual orientation by sharing our perception about them since some participants requested clarifications. We then decided to discuss a specific topic about dealing with the unobtainable, by example encounters with a person of the same sex while being in an heterosexual monogamous relationship. Several ideas were discussed, kind of like a brainstorm, and Read the rest of this entry
The bisexuals group on Oct, 11th was a great success. A number of new faces attended to discuss the subject, “I think I’m bi.. now what.?”. Mostly the participants shared stories about the moments in their lives when they came to the self realization that they may be bisexual. In addition, those present went on to explain how they went about confirming their sexuality. It was great to see many people sharing what was for some difficult moments in their lives. Read the rest of this entry
The last Bisexuals Group, held at the ALCC on September 13th, saw 15 persons exchange their ideas, experiences and opinions around the subject of “Coming Out”. The facilitator, after inviting every participant to introduce themselves, brought the subject by explaining the results of his own research and experiences, and then invited the participants to share their opinions. During the initial presentations, the participants were invited to propose subjects they would like to hear about, and the facilitator tried to address every one of those subjects by integrating them in the open discussion. Read the rest of this entry
We are happy to announce two new groups to the ALCC!!!
BISEXUALS GROUP: Sophie & Nathalie Co-Facilitators – 4th Sunday of each month from 17:00-19:00
SUBMISSIVES GROUP: Sissy Chastity & Gilles Co-Facilitators – 1st Sunday of each month 17:00-19:00
And not quite confirmed JUST yet… a DOMINANTS GROUP: Potentially held the 4th Sunday of each month 15:00-17:00
We thank these wonderful folks for bringing these fantastic new groups to the ALCC and wish them all the best in growth and development of their endeavours!
The Gender Diversity Group met on Sunday, Dec 11, and while sparsely attended (holiday season does that! lol!) the discussion was lively and interesting.
One thing that has become apparent is that those who are gender fluid need to be protected by law. It is hard enough being transsexual in a workplace, but those who are gender fluid can face some even harsher discrimination.
For some gender is binary, for example male or female, but for some it is more than that. And society does tend to ignore this, despite the fact that it is increasing.
– Vanessa, Secretary
The ALCC’s Trans Unite Group has been renamed the Gender Diversity Group, to be more clear that it is and always open to all gender identity variations. As well, it has changed to a new location – the 2110 Center For Gender Diversity on Mackay. This location is a bit more accessible, and for those who may be put off by any security guards at the entrance, there are none. A huge thank you to the 2110 Center for allowing us to kindly use their space! Read the rest of this entry
Yes, the ALCC was at the Pride Parade too! On Sunday, August 13th, 2011 (or is it 3011 since that was the theme? hmmmm) we took part in the parade, marching proudly with the banner, between the CFI (Centre For Inquiry) and Monsieur Cuir. We had quite a few join us in the parade, and we all did what we could to be festive, cheer on the crowd, and thank the crowd for coming.
It was a long parade route, starting at Guy and Rene Levesque and going all the way to Saguinet. Not something you want to do in heels lol! Or while wearing a full female mask with PVC outfit! A couple of us learned a lesson or two from what we wore, but yanno… it was worth it! Although the temperature was not as high as Saturday, we all drank a whack of water along the way.
The crowd was receptive, happy, cheering, and enjoying the parade. Some of us were even asked to pose for photos either alone or with others! A big thank you to the spectators again for showing up, showing support, and cheering on the parade!
“Jesus” even showed up! 😉 He marched with both us and the CFI, which made for some interesting photo ops!
After the parade, though, we simply had to find somewhere to sit, relax, and regain energy so a bunch of us from the ALCC and CFI stopped at the St Supplice for some water, beer, sangria and munchies! The walk back to the car also turned a lot of heads too lol!
Thank you to all those who marched with the ALCC!!!! You really made a difference and your support for both the ALCC and Pride is truly truly appreciated!
– Vanessa Cummings, Secretary
The ALCC was at Montreal Pride Community Day on Saturday, August 13, 2011 with a booth at the corner of Montcalm and Ste Catherine, providing information on the center and as well of course alternative lifestyles and marginalized identities. Contessa Alura, Petal, Vanessa and Amelia volunteered to be the reps on site that day.
It was a beautiful hot and sunny day, perfect for the community day! A little hot for perhaps Contessa Alura in her purple latex dress though! lol! We all drank a good share of water needless to say!
Petal performed a rope harness on Vanessa (moi! 😛 ) and there was quite a bit of interest in the center, materials, and what we do. I think we came close to running out of ALCC pamphlets! Hope to see some that stopped by that day at the ALCC in the near future!