Montreal Pride wants to educate while celebrating

Montreal Pride announced its 2018 festival lineup and special events Monday morning.

Expect the usual extravagance, with musical performances, drag shows, parties, and special off-site events. A full rundown of the schedule can be found here.

In its 12th year, Montreal Pride has grown into the largest LGBTQ rights festival in Canada and the rest of the French speaking world. Vice President of Montreal Pride Jean-Sebastien Boudreault says this makes the next two weeks about more than just celebrating.

“We’re trying to not only celebrate, but to also educate,” he said in an interview CJAD 800 News. “We are the only festival in Montreal that has this duality.”

The festival also announced a list of issues that it will be holding workshops and information sessions on, in conjunction with the festivities.

“Starting from now until August 19th, we are going to have the spotlight, and we are going to need to share that spotlight,” he said. “That’s why we do all of those events. It’s to show the world and to show Montreal that Pride is not only a parade. It’s much more than that.”

Among the issues that Pride will be championing this year are the rights of LGBTQ Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ family rights, and the fight against HIV criminalization.