Projet Montréal calls for apology for past injustices to LGBT+ community
With the city's weeklong pride festivities kicking-off this weekend and a municipal election campaign about to get under way, some local politicians are calling for a recognition of past struggles the city's LGBT+ community in Montreal has faced at the hands of the city and its police officers.
Projet Montréal wants the City of Montreal, as well as the police force, to apologize for police raids targeting the LGBT+ community over several decades. The official opposition party says that the raids at the Truxx in 1977, at Bud’s bar in 1984, at the Sex Garage loft party in 1990, and at the Katacombes bar in 1994, collectively resulted in the arrest of "more than 800 people."
The party told The Gazette that, though the idea of the apology was one long in the making, it was last year's apology by Mark Saunders on behalf of the Toronto Police Service for the 1981 gay bathhouse raids there that spurred them to action in time for this year's election.
In addition to an official apology, Projet is also proposing the creation of a public space to memorialize the people who were impacted by the police raids, and those who subsequently fought for expanded rights for LGBT+ people in Montreal.