Gai Écoute is a Canada-wide bilingual helpline and information centre for people concerned with questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Its mission is to provide support to lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families and anyone who is dealing with questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity at home or at work. By offering attentive listening, information on sexual orientation and gender identity and general information on the realities of LGBT people, Gai Écoute contributes to the well-being of LGBT people and their loved ones.
Available in French and in English, Gai Écoute’s services include:
Pascal Vaillancourt, executive director
514 866-6788 ext. 23
Maryse Bézaire, director of communications
514 866-6788 ext. 29
Marie-Claude Gendron, philanthropy development consultant
514 866-6788 ext. 24
Mireille St-Pierre, services coordinator
514 866-6788 ext. 27
Marie-Annabelle Labrecque, administrative assistant
514 866-6788 ext. 21
Board of directors
The members of the board of directors are elected by Gai Écoute’s volunteer listeners at the annual general assembly.
Robert Asselin, president
Murillo Rego, vice-president – administration
Jonathan Fallu, vice-president – services
Johanne Audet, treasurer
Jean-Benoît Vallières, secretary
Youri Chassin, administrator
Anthony Francis Lombardi, administrator
We are sorry, this information is not available in English at this time. It will be translated shortly.
We are sorry, the annual reports are not available in English at this time.
Gai Écoute believes it is important to raise the population’s awareness of the realities of LGBT communities and to fight against homophobia in order to prevent problems related to social exclusion. That is why Gai Écoute is a proud partner of the Fondation Émergence, an organization that offers information and awareness programs to fight prejudice and to promote the well-being and equality of LGBT people. The Fondation Émergence, which is a Gai Écoute initiative, is a fully autonomous body with its own board of directors, whose members are elected by a Board of Governors. In 2012-2013, Gai Écoute continued to manage the daily operations of the Fondation Émergence, which paid it a management fee in exchange for the services and support it received.
Gai Écoute is a member or partner of the following organizations :
- Association des centres d’écoute téléphonique du Québec (ACET);
- Association des lesbiennes et des gais sur Internet (ALGI);
- Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS);
- Centre communautaire des gais et lesbiennes de Montréal (CCGLM);
- Montreal Youth Coalition Against Homophobia;
- Regroupement intersectoriel des organismes communautaires de Montréal (RIOCM);
- Réseau des lesbiennes du Québec (RLQ);
- Suicide Action Montréal (SAM).
Gai Écoute also works closely with organizations and media of the LGBT communities.