L'astérisk aims to offer 2SLGBTQIA+ youth:
A space in the VIllage dedicated to their resources and activities.
A welcoming safe(r) space where they can meet other 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in a community of respect and learning.
Opportunities to share community tools, initiatives and support with other 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.
A collaborative workspace for the Roomate-organisations and our partners offering services to 2SLGBTQIA+ youth that includes these youth in the decision making.
L'astérisk was founded after years of advocacy by 2SLGBTQIA+ youth combined with collaboration between LGBTQ+ youth groups and public and community actors dedicated to the development of resources for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.
Spring 2007: After being kicked out of a restaurent in the Village they were used to meet in because they weren't consuming enough, a group of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth put together a committee to advocate for an accessible space to 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in the Village.
Winter 2007-2008: Four consultation groups are organised where 2SLGBTQIA+ youth are able to name their needs in a safe(r) space.
Summer 2009: Twelve LGBTQ+ youth groups walk together during the Montreal Pride parade to express their need for a safe(r) space in the Village.
June 2010: The project receives its first grant from the Youth Forum of the Island of Montreal. The Forum meets various partners (Project 10, Gai Écoute, GRIS-Montréal, the QC LGBT Council and the Council for Social Diversity of the City of Montreal) to draft an action plan (adopted September 2011).
March 2012: The grant is given to the Coalition of LGBTQ+ youth groups (formerly, the Montreal Coalition against homophobia).
July 2012: The first employee coordinating the project is hired.
Summer 2013: The team moves into 1575 Atateken street (formerly, Amherst street). The youth committee is formed and names the space "l'astérisk".
The name l'astérisk is a reference to the symbol (*) often used to express inclusion and the plurality of diversity. L'astérisk is a contraction of the word in french and in english to emphasis the bilingualism of the space.
On August 17 2013, l'astérisk opens.
On September 17 2014, we celebrate l'astérisk's first birthday and the official inauguration.
Spring 2015: After the announcement of the closure of the Quebec government's Regional Youth Forum, the Coalition expresses their fear for the l'astérisk project which depends on the Youth Forum of the Island of Montreal to survive.
A committee is formed by the Coalition and Jeunesse Lambda to save l'astérisk. Community and private partners, including Manon Massé, the representative of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacque in the national assembly, take part in a committee to advocate for and raise awareness about the importance of l'astérisk.
Winter 2015: The first grant from the Youth Secretariat is received which offers relief to the l'astérisk team who had been working in survival mode. An agreement, part of the 2016-2021 youth action strategy, is signed to ensure the sustainability of the project.
November 2016: AlterHéros becomes l'astérisk's third Roomate joining Project 10 and Jeunesse Lambda.
Winter 2016-2017: The Coalition recieves a grant for the Youth Secretariat making it possible to hire a project manager and to free the Roomates from the space's rent fees.