Try walking through Saint-Jean-Baptiste without spotting at least a handful of rainbow flags. They wave proudly over just about every business and boy do they fit in well with the oh-so colorful district. Needless to say, Quebec City is a pretty good place to be gay. The tourist hotspots of Old Quebec Upper Town and Saint-Roch are great and all, but for the most gay influence, you'll want to stick to the bohemian neighborhood of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, which is pretty much right in the middle of the city. Just outside the walls of the Old City lies a hip and liberal community housed in a bunch of charmingly vintage buildings. There certainly is no shortage of bars in which to spend a Friday night.
Le Bar, Sainte-Catherine RUE E, Montreal Gay Village
I n , police stormed various bathhouses in Toronto. Locked doors were opened with crowbars and sledgehammers. Hundreds were rounded up, charges were laid, men were named publicly, and lives effectively ruined—this was when being identified as gay meant possible job loss and rejection by friends and family. The response to the raids was swift and impressive. Twenty-four hours later, several thousand people amassed at the corner of Yonge and Wellesley, and marched to a local cop shop where they denounced the police raids as crossing a line. The action became part of a larger movement that was well under way in Canada and around the world, then quaintly referred to as Gay Liberation.
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The entire Village is bordered approximately by St. It is served by the Beaudry and Papineau metro stations. Originally a poor working-class area, the Centre-Sud neighbourhood became increasingly attractive to the gay and lesbian community after the migration of many gay businesses from other parts of the city. The area has become considerably gentrified , due in part to significant investment from the various levels of all governments.