R Conrad

Pervers/Cité: Montreal's answer to boring corporate pride events

Filed By R Conrad | July 24, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Diverse/Cité, HIV criminalization, Montreal, Pervers/Cité

Montreal queer and trans activists have announced this year's schedule of events for the community based, collaboratively organized annual pride celebration Percers/Cité. pd.jpgTaking place from August 5th to 15th, the festival offers up a little bit of everything that the city's official pride event Diverse/Cité doesn't: historical walking tours, inter-generational mixed gendered kink sex parties, dance parties that don't play house music exclusively, fun workshops like wig maintenance & pasties on a budget, and important community discussions like the one hosted by the Prisoner Correspondence Project about the growing criminalization of HIV exposure/transmission.

In their own words:

Pervers/Cité is a collaboratively organized summer festival that aims to make links across social justice groups, queer communities, and radical visions of pride. In a climate of corporatized gay agendas and whitewashed homogeneity amongst queers, Pervers/cité strives to provide a critical and accessible schedule of activities, designed to bring back the radical underpinnings to the pride movement.

As other large pride events render themselves irrelevant by massively corporatizing, de-politicizing and de-sexing themselves, one can only hope that more community based pride celebrations like this will continue to pop up around the world.

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.

Well, intergenerational multigendered sex parties, that's respectable.

Nothing says progress and legitimacy like inclusive orgies.


Um, Gridlock, the festival's titled Pervers/Cité. With a name like that, it's safe to assume they're not looking for respectability, "progress" (in the conventional sense), or legitimacy.

And yay for tacky!

Sounds like the kind of event I could actually have fun and learn something at. I hope I can find an event like this I can actually attend.