Christiane Taubira will receive the Laurent McCutcheon Award to for her commitment to equality

In collaboration with National Bank, the official presenter of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Montreal, May 23, 2019 — During a ceremony hosted by Monique Giroux scheduled for May 23rd at National Bank’s head office, Fondation Émergence will present the 2019 Laurent McCutcheon Award to Christiane Taubira, a former Minister of Justice of France, who defended the French law allowing same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

“Despite the considerable controversy stirred up by the violent opposition movement, Christiane Taubira successfully defended her bill with passion and conviction,” explained Patrick Desmarais, President of Fondation Émergence. “She’s an inspirational role model for LGBTQ+ communities – especially Francophone communities – around the world, who want to continue working towards legal equality and full social acceptance of sexual and gender diversity.”

Mr. Desmarais will join Sonia LeBel, the Quebec Minister of Justice, Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie and Minister Responsible for the Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia, in presenting the award to Ms. Taubira.

The Laurent McCutcheon Award has been presented annually since 2003 to a public personality who has unequivocally distinguished themselves in the fight against homophobia and transphobia during their career.

Ms. Taubira will join the sixteen previous award recipients, including the former Minister of Justice of Quebec, Ms. Stéphanie Vallée (2018), The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau (2016) and Xavier Dolan (2011).

"It is a great honour to recognize the exemplary work of individuals and groups engaged in the fight against homophobia and transphobia. The entire community benefits from the positive impact of their actions, which will be highlighted at the Fondation Émergence awards. In addition, year after year, National Bank is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community by acting as a partner of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and its annual awareness campaigns," said Lucie Blanchet, Executive Vice-President, Personal Banking and Marketing at National Bank.

New This Year:

  • The Allié.e.s award, bestowed in previous years, is now called the Janette Bertrand Award, in honour of this unconditional ally of the community. Janette Bertrand has inarguably helped increase the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people and is an example for future generations. This award will be given to a non-LGBTQ+ person or organization who has made a significant contribution to the fight against homophobia and transphobia.

  • A new trophy will be given to each award recipient. Designed and created by artist and industrial designer Claude Mauffette, this trophy represents the diversity and fluidity of bodies, identities and gender expressions in LGBTQ+ communities.

Other Awards

During the same evening, the Janette Bertrand and Coup de Coeur awards will be presented by Mr. Patrick

Desmarais together with Ms. Janette Bertrand and Ms. Marguerite Blais.

  • The 2019 Janette Bertrand Award will be given to the Barreau du Québec by Ms Janette Bertrand. The Barreau was, in 2015, the first professional body to create an LGBT committee. The purpose of this committee is to raise the Barreau’s awareness of LGBT issues, identify problems, recommend solutions and advise the Barreau on the legal implications of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • The 2019 Coup de Coeur award will be given to Marianne Farley by Marguerite Blais, for directing the short film Marguerite, nominated for an Oscar, which shed light on a subject that is still rarely dealt with: lesbian love experienced by seniors.

Marguerite Blais, the Minister Responsible for Seniors and Informal Caregivers will take advantage of the opportunity to sign the Charter for the Well-Being of LGBT Seniors on behalf of Coalition Avenir Québec.

This charter sets out eleven principles that aim to ensure homophobia- and transphobia-free environments for seniors. In signing the Charter, the CAQ joins other political parties in Quebec who had already endorsed it (the PLQ, the PQ and QS), as well as other influential personalities and organizations, such as the Ville de Montréal, which will sign it on the same day.

About Fondation Émergence

Fondation Émergence fights against homophobia and transphobia and works to defend the rights and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in society through a variety of programs, including Aging Gayfully, whose goal is to raise the awareness of those working with older adults about LGBTQ+ issues. Founded in 2000, Fondation Émergence also initiated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in 2003 and continues to organize it every year through an awareness campaign, among other actions.

New Awareness Campaign

On May 1, 2019, Fondation Émergence launched the new campaign for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, entitled Online violence has real consequences. This new campaign denounces cyberhomophobia and cybertransphobia through posters and pamphlets that can be ordered or downloaded free of charge at

Source: Fondation Émergence

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Olivia Baker

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Fondation Émergence


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