Pink Dot MTL is a non-profit movement inspired by Pink Dot SG. Pink Dot commenced in Singapore with a group of individuals who care deeply about love, support and freedom of LGBT people. It is a group for everyone, straight and gay, who support the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love. With openness and acceptance, we hope to bring LGBT Montrealers closer to their family and friends.
Montreal is home to many cultures. For centuries, Montrealers have lived and worked harmoniously with people from all walks of life. We are proud to be in a nation that values and celebrates diversity.
Openness, understanding and tolerance are important tenets of our society. Although leaps of progress have been seen across our nation we still see negativity towards LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered individuals). Out of fear and ignorance, prejudice forms.
Many negative things have been said about the LGBT community; that they are abnormal, anti-family, perverse, demented, diseased… the list goes on.
Pink Dot recognises the dangers that prejudice and bigotry can have on our social fabric. We are mindful that in some countries, hate crimes towards the sexual minorities have spurred outcries and social unrest.
— LOVE AND TRUTH —
There are still many LGBT Montrealers afraid to come out of the closet. This stems from a fear that the simple act of telling the truth can potentially pull them apart from the people that they love. As such, many of them live their lives dodging questions about their romantic life, hiding their true selves from concerned family members and friends.
From a young age, many LGBT Montrealers struggle with self-acceptance. They know that they are inherently different from others, but they do not understand why. It doesn’t help that most of them have been told only one viewpoint by their parents, educators and society – that what they feel is wrong.
Over time, LGBT individuals distance themselves from the ones they love. This comes from a fear of compromising relationships – relationships that have taken a long time to build – with parents, siblings, relatives, schoolmates, friends and colleagues.
Pink Dot believes that love is best built on a foundation of trust and honesty, not fear and shame. As a group, we hope to bring LGBT individuals closer to their families and friends. Change for the better happens through conversations, not cover-ups and covert lives.