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On August 15, hundreds of thousands of onlookers cheered some 2,500 participants in the Pride 2010 Parade as it wound its way eastward through downtown Montreal.

The Fédération des travailleurs du Québec (FTQ) had its own contingent led by president Michel Arsenault, along with Lucie Levasseur, president of CUPE-Quebec and Line Blackburn, president of CUPE-Quebec’s Pink Triangle Committee. The celebration continued until 11 p.m. with dancing in Émilie-Gamelin Park.

Themed “Our Superheroes,” the event attracted a number of public figures, with the notable exception of the federal Conservatives who underfunded the parade for the third consecutive year. CUPE, an event partner, is still committed to building on and protecting the victories of the last few decades in the fight for the rights of LGBTTIs.

In three weeks, Quebec City Pride celebrations will take place on Labour Day weekend with a conference, cocktails, entertainment, street performers and much more.

What does LGBTTI mean?

Lesbian: A woman who is sexually attracted to other women.

Gay: A person who is sexually attracted to people of the same sex. The word is generally used to describe men.

Bisexual: A person who is sexually attracted to both men and women.

Transexual: A person who changes her or his anatomy in order to live as someone of the opposite sex.

Transgender: A person whose gender identity, gender expression or physical appearance does not meet conventional expectations of femininity or masculinity.

Intersexual: A person born with a combination of female and male anatomical features.