In 2003, Fondation Émergence established the Fight Against Homophobia Award. The Award is Fondation Émergence’s way of recognising the significant contribution made by a personality or organisation to combat the prejudice gays and lesbians are subjected to. Presented every year since 2003, the Award has also served to highlight not only openness to LGBT realities but also the successful work that enables society to accept these realities. In 2014, this award was renamed the Laurent-McCutcheon Award (in French).
A panel of judges, assembled by Fondation Émergence, is composed of three members from the Fondation Émergence Board of Directors. After consultation with the community, the panel presents a list of finalists plus its recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Board designates who the Laurent-McCutcheon Award recipient will be. The recipient’s name is then made public each year in connection with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. In this way, the recipient receives a sign of gratitude.
Dr Réjean Thomas – Laurent-McCutcheon Award
Dr Thomas founded « La clinique l’Annexe », the first one specialized in sexually transmitted diseases in Canada, now renamed “La clinique l’Actuel”. He brought a major support when the LGBT community was hit by the HIV / AIDS epidemic.
Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts – Ally Award
For their past years programming underlining sexual and gender diversity.
Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay – Coup de cœur Award
For her artistic accomplishments this year, that made her become a model of authenticity and self-affirmation for the entire society.
The Honourable Justin Trudeau – Laurent McCutcheon Award
Prime Minister of Canada, he brought notable changes on the political level for the recognition and the respect of LGBT people.
Marguerite Blais – Ally Award
Former Quebec minister for the elders, Mrs. Blais paid particular attention to the conditions of LGBT elders and signed the Charter for the Well-being of LGBT Seniors created by Fondation Émergence as part of the “Aging Gayfully” program.
François Cormier – Coup de Coeur Award
Journalist at Radio Canada, for mentioning publicly his homosexuality during a TV interview. #EffetCormier.
Animator at Radio Canada, creator and producer, Monique Giroux is one of the first female public personality to be openly gay. She became the spokesperson of Gai Écoute and Fondation Émergence, in 2007 and remained involved in the fight against homophobia ever since.
Michel Marc Bouchard
Invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and as a Knight of the l’Ordre nationale du Québec in 2012, Mr. Bouchard has contributed significantly to the Quebecois and canadian theatre. Since the 1980s, Michel Marc Bouchard has skilfully presented the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters in La contre-nature de Chrysippe Tanguay and Lilies, thereby sensitizing the public to LGBT realities. We also owe Mr. Bouchard for his plays Tom à la ferme (2011) and Christine, la reine-garçon (2012), which bring a sensitive perspective to LGBT people.
2013 – Ariane Moffatt
Despite considerable societal changes, it takes exceptional courage for a public personality to reveal their sexual orientation. Accomplished singer-songwriter Ariane Moffatt did not hesitate in doing so, at a moment where her career was enjoying phenomenal success. By talking about her sexual orientation with the Quebec public and sharing her project to start a family with her partner, Ariane Moffatt showed authenticity and became an insipiration for gays and lesbians who want to start a family. Young, energetic, and loved by the public, Ariane also showed that homosexual orientation is not a barrier to success.
2012 – Fabienne Larouche
Playwright for Quebecois TV shows and dramas, Fabienne Larouche has been extremely adept at incorporating the realities of the gay community into her work by writing parts for lesbian women and gay men showing them in their daily lives, just like in real life. Although Quebec is one of the most progressive societies in the world when it comes to sexual orientation, it owes that in great part to the influence of its TV programs – especially its soap operas and series that show gays and lesbians as regular, positive, nonjudgmental people, thereby creating programs that are educational and raise awareness.
Xavier Dolan is a young film director hailing from Québec who has produced the filmsJ’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) and Les Amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), films for which he has received several awards both here and abroad. His films are not “gay films” but instead films in which being gay is just a part of life. His film work has contributed in driving back homophobia. Through his determination, courage, and international success, Xavier Dolan inspires new generations and paves their way to respecting differences.
Michel Tremblay, Québec playwright and novelist, was one of the first Québec figures to come out as gay, a disclosure which at that time required a deal of courage. The selection of Michel Tremblay as recipient of the 2010 Award is clearly related to his works in which gay and lesbian characters figure prominently. His world-renowned works and his personal contribution have helped to educate the general population and make them more aware.
Revealing that he is gay, the jokester of Québec’s most popular talk show Tout le monde en parle has garnered respect from the entire province. He’s living proof that you can be gay or lesbian, well-known, professionally successful, and can earn respect from men and women of all ages. What’s more, for parents who seem worried about what’s in store for their gay or lesbian child, he gives them hope and shows that being gay won’t jeopardize their future.
Highlighting the thirtieth anniversary of the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms’ inclusion of banning sexual orientation as a basis for discrimination, Fondation Émergence has awarded the 2008 Fight Against Homophobia Award to Mr. Marc-André Bédard who was the Québec Justice Minister from 1976 to 1984, and the person behind this addition to the Charter. Fondation Émergence highlights his courage and faith in equal human rights.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling (International Recognition)
When one of the main characters from the Harry Potter series, Professor Albus Dumbledore, revealed that he was gay, the international press reported this coming-out. Since this literary work is known throughout the entire world and considering that the character is highly revered by followers of this masterpiece, Ms. Rowlings declaration has created an undeniably positive impact in the fight against homophobia.
Sportsman and top-level athlete, olympic medalist in swimming at the Seoul and Barcelona Games, Mark Tewksbury became a role model in the fight against homophobia: his courage and his determination are a source of inspiration for gays and lesbians aspiring to find success.
Members of Canadian Parliament who voted in favour of the CivilMarriage Act as defenders of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Fondation Émergence wishes to highlight their clear contribution to the official approval of gays and lesbians’ legal equality and to the fight against homophobia.
The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Fondation Émergence presented the Fight Against Homophobia 2005 Award, posthumously, to the former Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau. By presenting him with this award, Fondation Émergence wishes to highlight this politician’s exceptional contribution to the advancement of gay and lesbian rights in Canada. We can recall two great moments in history that were decisive in the progress of gay and lesbian rights: in 1969, the repeal of clauses pertaining to the criminalization of sexual acts between persons of the same sex from the Canadian Criminal Code and, in 1982, the inclusion of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms within the Canadian Constitution during its repatriation. Pierre Elliott Trudeau was the head engineer of these fundamental changes and, in this sense, his contribution to the advancement of gay and lesbian rights was major, undoubtedly being the most important Canadian contribution on such a level.
Father Raymond Gravel
The Fight Against Homophobia 2004 Award has been given to Father Raymond Gravel, a Roman Catholic priest, to highlight his exceptional contribution in the debate about gay marriage when he said “that the Vatican was wrong when it condemns such a marriage” and for his courage and for the hope within his call to others to include and accept gays and lesbians.
Ms. Janette Bertrand
The Fight Against Homophobia 2003 Award has been given to Ms. Janette Bertrand to highlight the exceptional contribution of this woman to the evolution of mentalities in Québec.
Suggest a nomination
Fondation Emergence welcomes with interest any proposition of candidature for the Laurent-McCutcheon Award. Fondation Emergence will receive propositions until January 31.
The contribution of a personality or an organization in the fight against homophobia or transphobia is the basic criteria in the choice of the recipient. The selection also takes into account the eventss of the past years. Also, the Award can underline the contribution of a personality for its whole career.
To submit a proposal, please contact the responsible for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with Fondation Emergence at 514-866-6788.