Our spokespersons

 

Sophie Paradis, Simon Boulerice, Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay and Nicolas Ouellet become Interligne’s new spokespersons

 

Sophie’s video

Why are you involved with Interligne?

“I’m involved with Interligne because the work of demystifying LGBTQ+ realities is still fundamentally important. Because homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia and transphobia still exist. Because the rights of the LGBTQ+ communities cannot be taken for granted. Because the realities of same-gender parent families still need to be demystified. I am involved because I am a lesbian; I have created a homoparental family; I have given life to a beautiful boy and I want his life to be easier than mine and than that of many other people. So many things need to evolve that they are difficult to enumerate here but one thing is for sure: I wish with all my heart that my involvement, my reflections, and my actions raise further awareness about Interligne and help at least a few people.”

Biographical notes

Born on June 14, 1976 in Greenfield Park but raised in Alma in Lac Saint-Jean, Sophie feels a strong sense of belonging to her Jeannoise family! She returned to the Greater Montréal Area at around the age of 16. She studied and worked in Montéregie and Montréal. She has had a career in the restaurant business for almost 10 years, during which she also studied performance in a drama option program at College Lionel-Groulx. After obtaining her diploma in 2001, Sophie had the honour of playing the role of Manon Lesage in the television series L’Auberge du chien noir for 15 years, and going on tour with the Caboose Band, a fictional band from that show. She also had the immense privilege of playing the magnificent role of Linda Trotter/Laurie Berthier in Mémoires Vives. You may also have heard her in various voiceovers, advertisements, narrations or in song! Playing such a variety of roles, transforming, tackling challenges, all with an undeniable professionalism, passion and pleasure, is what she loves to do best!

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Simon’s video

Why are you involved with Interligne?

“Even in 2018, there is isolation in the LGBTQ+ community. My desire is to break this feeling of isolation. Through my books, I try to make small-scale contributions. But the platform offered to me as a spokesperson allows for my beliefs about equality to shine brighter. People’s views have evolved but fears still exist, fears I would like to see disappear. I would also like to see Québec society come to see the range of genders more clearly, welcome this rich diversity with greater openness, and do away with certain hurtful terms and other hateful reflexes.”

Biographical notes

Born in Saint-Rémi the day after Valentine’s Day in 1982, Simon Boulerice is a passionate jack-of-all-trades. A student of theatre performance at College Lionel-Groulx, class of 2007, he navigates between acting, directing, radio hosting (Plus on est de fous, plus on lit!) and writing. Simon writes drama, poetry and novels for both adults and children. Among his fortysomething titles, he is the author of the famous Simon a toujours aimé danser, Martine à la plage, Javotte, Edgar Paillettes, PIG, Les Garçons courent plus vite, Florence et Léon and L’Enfant mascara. His work, translated in six languages, was nominated for the Governor General’s Awards, Prix des libraires and Prix de la critique. This year, Simon is a theatre commentator on the show Formule Diaz, in addition to his work at L’Arrière Scène, a youth theatre company in Beloeil where he has been Artistic Codirector for 11 years. At 36 years of age, Simon still does the split at least once a day.

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Gabrielle’s video

Why are you involved with Interligne?

“I hope that my involvement with Interligne serves to demystify trans issues and raise awareness amongst the public. I think it is essential that trans people be able to identify with this service and confidently seek support.”

Biographical notes

Born July 27, 1990, Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay is native to Saint-Siméon in Charlevoix. In 2015, she co-starred in Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau, a movie by Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie. Her work earned her a nomination at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards – a first for a trans woman –, at the 2017 Espoirs du cinéma québécois and at the 2017 Mammouth Awards. After this film, Gabrielle was invited to be interviewed on such television shows as Tout le monde en parle, Marina Orsini and Y’a du monde à messe.

Since 2008, Gabrielle regularly participates in various literary groups and evening reading circles. She also publishes her work in various web magazines. In 2015, Le ventre des volcans, her first work of poetry, is published. A second is set to be published very soon! For International Woman’s Day, on March 8, 2017, Gabrielle participated in a tribute show organised by Marie-Lise Pilote and Janie Duquette. That same year, she hosted a master class at the Outaouais Film Festival, which allied cinema and literature, and spoke at conferences. Gabrielle kick started 2018 as a juror for the Antidote Poetry Contest.

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Nicolas’ video

Why are you involved with Interligne?

“Getting involved with Interligne means moving from words toward action as a partisan for change and all diversities, and moving from the role of silent supporter to that of committed participant. Personally, my objective is to educate myself about issues related to sexual and gender diversity in order to become a citizen who demonstrates a greater sensitivity to certain realities less present in my daily life.  My ultimate goal is to be able to convey a message that has positive impacts on other potential allies. Simply put, I hope that people from all walks of life can identify with my humble approach as an ally and that those who distance themselves from issues regarding sexual and gender diversity can take the time to learn and in turn, ideally and at various degrees of involvement, become allies of the cause.”

Biographical notes

Born February 6, 1988 in Québec City, Nicolas Ouellet discovered a passion for the media during adolescence as a reporter for Radio-Canada at the age of 14 and for TFO at 15. Having studied radio hosting in Jonquière, he gathered his experience at various local radio and television stations. In 2008, Nicolas moved to Montréal to pursue a university education in communications. He then became a reporter for the seasonal show Sucré Salé and took over as host of Dans tes Francos on Vox.

Since 2012, Nicolas has been collaborating on the TVA, ARTV, ICI Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec UNIS and VRAK networks. In 2013, he also launched the web series of interviews Moins 25 for which he received two Gemini awards.

In 2017 and 2018, Nicolas hosts the musical show PL>Y on VRAK, the 6th and 7th seasons of 100% local on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, the musical podcast MAISON UNION, for which he is cofounder, and La Route des 20 on ICI Radio-Canada Première.

 

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