Rainbow Flag to be Raised at Montreal's City Hall During Winter Games

by TarikA on February 9, 2014 - 5:59pm

On Thursday, it was announced that, just like in other Canadian cities, the LGBT ‘rainbow’ flag would be raised above Montreal’s city hall. In an article published on February 6 by Anne Sutherland of the Gazette, titled “Rainbow flag will fly over city hall during Olympics,” it was stated that the mayor of Montreal confirmed Thursday morning that the city would support the ongoing protest against Russia’s ill treatment of its LGBT citizens. This gesture, according to Coderre, is meant to highlight the “brotherhood and solidarity of Montrealers.”

The stance that the city of Montreal and other Canadian cities, such as Vancouver, are taking on the gay rights issue in Russia is commendable, considering that it is both a promotion of LGBT rights at home but also a show of solidarity and support for a situation that is far removed from our own backyard. In June of last year, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, signed a law that effectively placed a ban on gay advocacy, which has fuelled certain extremist groups to commit violent reprisals against LGBT activists in Russia.

By displaying the ‘rainbow’ flag, the city of Montreal has done the job of promoting equality, not only in society itself, but also within the realm of Olympic sport. As Montreal did of course host a Summer Olympiad in 1976, the message that can be interpreted from raising the flag is that there is no room for discrimination in sport. That the actions of the Russian government contradict the values upheld by the Olympic committee that they so desperately tried to woo in acquiring the Sochi games.

The city of Montreal has also helped bring out the voice of the local gay rights activist group, the Conseil Québécois- LGBT. Though gay rights are upheld here in Québec, it is important to support and nurture the voice of local gay rights groups, as they not only stand for the rights of local LGBTs, but also for those unfortunate enough to be persecuted and mistreated elsewhere. Solidarity amongst peoples can be a very strong and potent tool and it is through that that we may contribute towards making equality perpetuate throughout the world. 

Comments

I really liked your summary and how you presented your information. I think that it is very important to talk about this inequality. I read a few articles on this subject since this is what everyone is talking about but I think this is one of the best article I read so far. It talks about how different Canadian cities are taking a step towards justice.http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/06/canadian_cities_to_fly_gay...

In my opinion i think displaying the flag shows equality. People will treat people equally whether they're gay or lesbian. People that are gay or lesbian have the same rights as straight people so they shouldn't be treated differently or discriminated.

What a beautiful summary of this wonderful act by Montreal’s Mayor, proclaiming that there is imminent support from Montreal’s city hall to the people who identify within the LGTQ population.
In some ways America is beginning to solve some of its social problem, especially with the LGBTQ population, but at most time there are still some discrepancies that prevent education from being the sole master to deplete ignorance, hate and violence. In a nearby state, Massachusetts has been one of the sole states that provides lawful rights and protections to LGBTQ people. New York State does not fully protect the LGBTQ population because there are only protection laws for those who identify as “Gay,” “Lesbian,” and “Bisexual.” For those who identify as “Transgender/Trans*” or “Queer” there are no protection laws to protect discrimination against Gender Expression and Gender Identity.
One day, I hope to see the rainbow flag hanging and whipping in the wind right outside the senate house in the States because that will one hell of a story to tell the children of the future, how those who are perfectly human had been marginalized for such a long time.