Montreal queer and trans activists have announced this year's schedule of events for the community based, collaboratively organized annual pride celebration Percers/Cité. Taking 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.
Pervers/Cité: Montreal's answer to boring corporate pride events
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.