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Montreal's Sex Garage raid

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Uploaded on May 3, 2010

July 15 is a momentous date in the history of Quebec Gay Rights. When a group of overzealous Montréal police officers decide to violently break-up the « Sex Garage » loft party in Old Montréal, a series of events unfold, in what is widely-held as Montréals version of the Stonewall Riots. That night 400 primarily gay, lesbian and transgender revellers are taunted, brutalized and arrested while trying to leave the party. Enraged and no longer willing to settle for unfair targeting, giant protests occur on that same night and the following day outside MUC Station 25 where police publicly beat LGBTA activists protesting the raid. The brutal images on the six oclock news shocked three million Montréalers out of their complacency. The « Sex Garage » protests mobilizes the LGBTA community and opens the door to a new era of inclusiveness, particularly with respect to the transgender population.

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