LGBTQI+ Migrant Health Clinic in Montreal
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) migrant realities are complex, due to the multiple violences that they are exposed to either in their country of origin or in Quebec. Upon arrival to Quebec, LGBTQI+ migrants encounter new challenges related to their migrant status, finding a job, safe housing, and accessing health care. When accessing health care, LGBTQI+ migrants are exposed to multiple forms of discrimination such as xenophobia, racism, homophobia and transphobia. To respond to these barriers and the negative impacts of COVID-19, the newly launched Project Mauve (PM) provides integrated medical, sexual and psycho-social services to LGBTQI+ migrants living in Montreal. This MITACS research study aims to draw from the PM as a case study in order to identify barriers to access to health care as well as document the challenges and successes of the Project Mauve (PM). Overall, this study will address gaps in knowledge about the impacts of integrated health care models on marginalized communities and help ensure the long-term sustainability of the innovative health care model used by Project Mauve (PM) in order to improve the global health and well-being of LGBTQI+ migrants.