August 9 to 19, 2018
RÉZO Joins with Montréal Pride to Promote Health Among Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Cisgender Men and Men who Have Sex with Men
Montréal, August 3, 2018 – The community health organization RÉZO is partnering with the Montréal Pride festival to promote sexual health among gay, bisexual, transgender, cisgender men and men who have sex with men (MSM) and will be on site at Parc des Faubourgs August 9 to 19 between 5 and 11 p.m., except for August 13 and 14, when the park will be closed.
The aims of this partnership based on community intervention are to publicize RÉZO services and those of its partner organizations, to offer front-line services at Parc des Faubourgs during the celebrations of sexual and gender diversity and mitigate the risks associated with drug use. To achieve its goals, RÉZO will have a kiosk at Parc des Faubourgs during the festival and will be equipped to provide Naloxone if needed, distribute Fentanyl detection in drugs tests, deploy intervention teams throughout the site and hold health themed information sessions to promote awareness among festival goers.
“We are very proud to be offering these additional services to our visitors and revelers. In an era where scientific breakthroughs emerge rapidly and the incidence of sexually transmitted and blood‑borne infections (STBI) remains important among gay, bisexual, trans and cisgender men and MSMs, not to mention the impacts of drugs and alcohol consumption in a sexuality context, we recognize the necessity of RÉZO’s work and the importance of its presence at our festival,” says Éric Pineault, Founding President of the Montréal Pride festival.
RÉZO is a Montréal-based not-for-profit community organization actively engaged since 1991 among gay or bisexual men, trans or cis men and men who have sex with men (MSM). RÉZO develops and coordinates information and prevention activities on HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections to promote sexual health and provides its clients with educational and promotional activities related to mental, physical and social health. For 20 years, RÉZO has run a Sex Worker Program providing participants with on-the-street accompaniment and support in their daily work experience and at RÉZO’s Night Centre which is open five evenings a week.
About the Montréal Pride Festival
Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has promoted their rights and celebrated their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in LGBTQ+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2017, the festival generated a total attendance of 2.7 million visitors. In 2018, the festivities will be held from August 9 to 19. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.
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