Dear community,

believe it or not, there are lesbians choosing to give sexual services to men as strippers, masseuses, escorts, peep show girls or street prostitutes. Do you know any?

Stella has worked hard to have sex workers included in a study about homosexuality at work. We need 10 people willing to share their life to educate the rest of the world.


ð You are lesbian or gay
ð You are 20 years old or more
ð Your principal workplace is located in the province of Quebec. Individuals who are on unemployment insurance or currently not working (since less than 2 years) are also eligible.
ð You are not a full-time student: work must be your main occupation.
ð Your employer is not a community organization, or non-profit organization, whose principal mission is related to homosexuality or homophobia.


Whether you are open or not in your work place, whether your experience is positive or negative, your participation as a lesbian or gay worker is paramount to the realization of this research. You can take part in the following ways:

· Complete a questionnaire. Required time: about 1 hour. The questionnaire is sent to you and returned to us via postal mail.
· Give an interview. Required time : about 2 ½ hours. Place : at your home, in an office at UQAM or another place of your preference. Expenses (parking fees, baby sitter…) are reimbursed.

Confidentiality assured.

Responsible for this project : Line Chamberland, associate professor at Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF), UQAM.

Associate partners :
Ø Femmes regroupées en options non traditionellis (FRONT)
Ø Forum des syndiqué-e-s lesbiennes et gais du Québec
Ø Intersyndicale des femmes
Ø Table de concertation des gais et lesbiennes du Québec

The research ‘Homosexuality and work environment’ is a first in Quebec. Its objectives are:
1- To gather information on marginalization, discrimination and exclusion of lesbians and gays in their workplace and the consequences it has on their work;
2- To identify factors which influence the decision to reveal or not your homosexuality in the work enrivonment;
3- To assess the capacities of lesbians and gays to take advantage of their recently acquired legal rights in the work environment.

Community organizations and unions need information on the concrete problems faced by lesbians and gays in their work environment in order to pursue the battle for full recognition of their rights. They also need to learn more about what is helpful for them.

If you can’t participate, do you have a lesbian friend ? A gay friend? Invite her or him to take part in our research !

Thank you for your collaboration !

To participate or for more information, please contact:
Johanne Paquin ou Julie Ouellette
Telephone : (514) 987-3000, extension 8264 (we will pay for reverse charge)
Fax : (514) 987-6742 (fax is not confidential)
E-mail : [email protected]
Web site:

Pavillon Thérèse-Casgrain, bureau W-4306
C.P. 8888, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8