Our Mission

Our mission is to develop and offer services, information, programs and resources, in addition to protecting and defending the legal, social and economic rights of migrants (asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, and those with undetermined status) from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities, all in a spirit of solidarity.

AGIR works hand-in-hand with concerned individuals, and with lawyers, psychologists, social workers, community workers and actors in various levels of government, both federal and provincial authorities in the fields of immigration, refugee status and citizenship.

Our Belief

  • We believe everyone deserves to live a life free of violence, threat, fear and coercion.
  • We believe that everyone is equal regardless of their migrant status.
  • We believe in social, political and economic rights for all migrants.
  • We believe all types of families have the right to stay together.
  • We are aware of and working against systems of intersecting oppressions, including, but not limited to, patriarchy, misogyny, racism, colonialism, xenophobia, ableism, classism, heterosexism, cissexism, transphobia, homophobia, etc.

Our Approach

  • We apply an anti-oppressive, non-judgemental and person-centred approach.
  • We cultivate a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment where everyone feels safe(r) and secure.
  • We build community with the participation of LGBTQ migrants.
  • Our decision making process is informed and guided by the experiences and needs of LGBTQ migrants.
  • We apply the principles of consensus-based decision making and community organizing.
  • We respect and value all individuals’ journeys, skills, knowledge and contributions.
  • We are committed to working in solidarity with organizations and groups that can help us achieve our vision.
  • We are accountable to our members, collaborators and allies.

Code of Ethics

This code of ethics is intended for AGIR personnel (board members, employees, interns, volunteers, etc.) with respect to relationships with each other and those accessing AGIR services/programs.

  • I adhere to and promote AGIR’s mission, objectives, basis of unity and this code of ethics
  • I will adhere to all AGIR policies, procedures and guidelines
  • I will follow through on my responsibilities to AGIR and fulfill my duties to the best of my ability
  • I will communicate with AGIR as soon as I notice that I cannot fulfil my duties
  • I will respect all AGIR personnel in addition to AGIR members and anyone accessing our services/programs
  • I will participate in building an inclusive and welcoming environment within AGIR
  • I will not harass (physical, sexual, psychological) or discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, class, religion, age, ethic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • I will endeavour to be anti-oppressive and nonjudgemental towards others
  • I will strive to represent AGIR in an accurate and responsible manner
  • I will maintain confidentiality by not divulging personal information that I have access to from my affiliation with AGIR (refer to AGIR policies)
  • I will not engage in sexual relations with individuals that AGIR is supporting
  • I will not use my role at AGIR as a means of intimidation, coercion or any other abuse of power over others

Our Story

AGIR was born in 2008 during the collective dialogue of various members from the MultiMundo Coalition, a coalition of ethnic and racialized LGBTQ organizations (and their allies), who worked to address the issues LGBTQ ethnic and racialized communities (GLAM, Helem, Ethnoculture, Arc-en-ciel d'Afrique, etc.). It was officially an Association in 2009 and transitioned into a non-profit organization in 2011. Currently, AGIR is run by a small team of 10-20 Montrealers, including a working board of directors, support team volunteers and a support coordinator and a training coordinator.

2075 RUE PLESSIS, BUREAU 311
Montréal, Québec, H2L 2Y4

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Numéro d'entreprise du Québec (NEQ): 1167481457

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