Today’s earl-eye morning (or late-night, depending on your day) post is two-fold. As the title suggests, Montreal’s gay community is at the center of it all, having earned two headlines within the mainstream media earlier on Wednesday. Read on…

As of later today (6 a.m. to be precise),  Ste-Catherine East between Berri and Papineau will be closed off to traffic, making way for a pedestrian mall through the summer months. This comes after the unexpected success of last year’s pedestrian mall which gave a new life to Montreal’s Gay Village. As with last year’s mall, expect everything from street sales, terrasses, musicians, clowns, and acrobats. There will be a total of 8 stages set up throughout the stretch of Ste-Catherine which will be closed for 104 days — you do the math!

The second story which created controversy all over the island is that of the Rosedale-Queen Mary United Church in NDG. Headed by the openly gay Reverend Neil Whitehouse, the church posted a sign as part of The International Day Against Homophobia which some argue is loaded with questionable shock value. Here is the sign in question:

Controversial sign outside the Rosedale-Queen Mary United Church

Controversial sign outside the Rosedale-Queen Mary United Church

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