Par le 19 July 2017
Before gay people made the Village their own and before the Plateau Mont-Royal became trendy, the lesbian community had quite a bit of bars in the neighbourhood, especially on St-Denis Street, to the point where people called it “Sainte-Denise Street”! Back then you could find feminist, gay and lesbian bookstores, and many establishments managed by lesbians. Years later, the expansion of the Village up towards Parc Lafontaine incited many gays to move to the Plateau, actually making it the neighbourhood in Montréal where the gay and lesbian community is the largest, in absolute figures. The difference here is that the gay lifestyle is a little less apparent, a little more integrated into the general, eclectic lifestyle of the Plateau.
There are three saunas in the neighbourhood but few other specifically gay establishments, although this is where the community goes out the most outside of the Village. Visitors will discover that many establishments such as B&Bs, cafés, restaurants and boutiques are gay-friendly, and many are owned and operated by gays and lesbians. And if you want to be sure to meet other gays in the neighbourhood, just take a stroll along the pond in the southeast part of Parc Lafontaine.
The Mile-End is a very trendy and diversified northwest section of the district, and a popular meeting spot for the LGBTQ community, particularly lesbians. For all these reasons, it’s not surprising to see that there are many organisations devoted to the betterment of our community in the Plateau, notably Image & Nation, La Chambre de commerce LGBT du Québec and the Centre de solidarité lesbienne.