Par le 17 May 2017
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Québec as well as being the heart of gay and lesbian life, the faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste was built around St-Jean Street, which leads into Old Québec. It is not strictly speaking a gay village, but this is where you’ll find the highest concentration of LGBTQ individuals since the decriminalization of homosexuality. The communities’ presence is somewhat less visible than a decade ago, a time when five gay bars, a sex shop and a sauna where open for business. The neighborhood nonetheless remains the key spot for gay life with Le Drague on Saint-Augustin Street, an unmissable complex featuring a cabaret, a pub, a fetish area, a disco and a terrace in the summertime. Le Drague has been popular for decades for the quality of its Drag shows. At the other end of Saint-Jean Street you will find Sauna 225, ForHom club and the Galerie DomaHom which together form another staple of the faubourg.
North of St-Jean Street, D’aiguillon Street has long been considered the axis of male prostitution in Québec. The neighborhood features many types of gay-friendly stores and establishments, and many gay people are employed there. During Labor Day weekend in early September, the area greets the Fête Arc-en-ciel (Rainbow Party), the main LGBTQ event in the capital, with sidewalk sales, terraces and live shows along Saint-Jean and Saint-Augustin Streets.
Other shows are also presented at Place d’Youville in front of the Porte Sain-Jean.