About Us

Our centre:

The McGill University Sexual Identity Centre (MUSIC) is situated in the Montreal General Hospital site of the McGill University Health Centre. MUSIC opened its doors in September 1999 and has developed an expertise in sexual orientation and gender identity issues. There are many healthy expressions of sexuality and gender. MUSIC provides a safe environment where no assumptions are made about the client’s identities. Diversity is respected in order to facilitate effective psychotherapy. MUSIC does not offer or endorse “conversion” or “reparative” therapy.

Our mission:

MUSIC’s mission is to reduce mental suffering related to homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia and cissexism. In order to do so, MUSIC endeavours to eliminate the societal discrimination against LGBT people, reduce the internalization of these negative attitudes and treat their ill effects. These objectives are pursued through direct clinical services, education and training of other health professionals, research, community involvement, and advocacy.

Our health care providers:

Karine J. Igartua,
MD CM, FRCP(C), CMQ

Psychiatrist

Richard Montoro
MD CM, MSc, FRCP(C), CMQ

Psychiatrist

Vicky Rochon
MSc(N)

Clinician Nurse

Awards and Honours:

2016

AFMC-May Cohen Equity, Diversity and Gender Award

from AMI-Québec (Alliance for the Mentally Ill) 

Awarded for outstanding clinical work at MUSIC

2015

Grand Marshal of Montréal Pride

Richard Montaro

2013

Grand Marshal of Montréal Pride

Karine Igartua

2006 Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards to Drs Igartua and Montoro
from AMI-Quebec (Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
Awarded for outstanding clinical work at MUSIC
2003 Nomination of MUSIC for « Prix Arc-en Ciel pour L’action Sociale »
from La Table de concertation des lesbiennes et des gais du Québec & la Chambre de commerce gaie du Québec
Awarded for an individual or an organisation to recognise their work towards the improved well-being of the LGBTQ community of Québec
2000 Innovation of the year 1999 to Drs. Igartua and Montoro
from AMPQ (Association des médecins-psychiatres du Québec)
Awarded for the creation of MUSIC, Canada’s first LGBTQ Mental Health Centre