On March 31, 2017, GRIS-Québec invited philanthropists, collectors and supporters of its mission to its 2017 Art Auction, presented under the honorary co-presidency of Mrs. Agnès Maltais, Member of Parliament for Taschereau for the Parti Québécois, and Serge Boucher, renowned playwright and author of television series Aveux, Apparences et Feux.
Even today, in a society as advanced as ours, homophobia, engendered more often than not by ignorance of the determinisms of sexual orientation, the misunderstanding that it is not a question here of choice and the fear of differences, leads to the rejection and negative gestures of gay, lesbian, bisexual or presumed persons, and to those whose appearance or behavior not conform to the stereotypes of masculinity or femininity. From there, homophobia can affect everyone, including our loved ones.
For the past 15 years, the Quebec Regional Social Intervention Group has carried out a host of activities to raise awareness and demystify homosexuality and bisexuality, adapted to various clienteles, particularly in schools for 14-year-olds. at 25 years old. The organization has set up information and mutual help services, including a living environment that targets gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning youth, allowing them to share and experience their difference. in a stimulating and safe environment. Our services are also aimed at parents of these young people as well as professionals in education, health and social services.
It is with this in mind that Eric accepted the gift of a work of art. A cause that challenges him a lot.