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Gay Line

P.O. Box 384, Station H, Montreal, QC, H3G 2L1

514-866-5090 888-505-1010 Télécopieur: 514-866-8157

This free, confidential phone service provides information and an understanding ear to Quebec's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and trans-gendered population.

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Profil Dernière mise-à-jour: 20 mai 2008

Information Resource
Run by trained volunteers representing the queer community, Gay Line is open 365 nights a year to provide referrals or simply listen. Looking for a store, accommodation or bar catering to gays? Curious about an upcoming social event? Wondering if there's a gay sports or religious group you can join? Seeking a nearby HIV testing, counselling or medical service? The staff is armed with an events calendar and an extensive resource database to help direct you.

Personal Issues
About half of Gay Line's clients call to discuss personal matters such as accepting their sexual orientation or coming out to their families. Some are dealing with loneliness, confusion, discrimination, relationship problems, domestic violence or are contemplating suicide. The service also gets calls from straight people trying to come to terms with a family member or friend's homosexuality. Anonymity and confidentiality is assured. Gay Line also makes a concerted effort to reach out to gay, bi, transsexual and trans-gendered people in cultures in which being so is not readily accepted.

Nonprofit Service
The oldest service of its kind in Quebec, Gay Line has gone though a few changes since it was founded in 1976. Today it operates in partnership with its French sister service Gai-Écoute and receives about 22 000 calls annually. A nonprofit organization, Gay Line relies on donations and fundraising activities. Its key supporter is the Bad Boy Club Montreal (BBCM) Foundation. About 30 volunteers are on staff and more are welcome. To learn more about volunteering, call the hotline between 7 and 11 p.m.