May 2018

On May 11, the AGQ welcomed Isabelle Sentis and Lydie Doléans who visited us from France to discuss our experience as a community archives and the project to open an LGBTQ+ archives in Paris. In addition, they are behind the Queer code and Fabric’ Art initiatives. Queer Code is a feminist project that traces the lives of women who loved women during the Second World War. Fabric’ Art uses art-therapy to allow for an individual and collection exploration. Follow Queer Code on Facebook and Twitter and Fabric’ Art on Facebook and Instagram.

Since May 22nd, Jonathan Dorey has been working as an archivist at the Archives gaies du Québec. During this summer contract he will process documents donated by David Cassidy. These contain the organizational records of associations set up in the 1970s and 1980s, in the early days of the AIDS crisis in Montréal. Among others are the records of ACCM, MARC-ARMS, Integrity Montréal, in addition to his personal records. David Cassidy worked as a social worker and sessional lecturer at McGill University. This is not Jonathan’s first contract with the AGQ. In the summer of 2015, he processed the records of Ken Morrison. Then, in the summer of 2016, he produced a Research and collections guide on the history of AIDS in Montréal, a project in partnership with Carleton University and the AIDS Activist History Project.

Crédit photo. : E.G.

On May 10th, one of our volunteers, Jonathan Dorey, had the opportunity to talk about the AGQ and its collections during the course Introduction to Sexual Diversity Studies taught by Alexandra Ketchum and offered by the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism. This group of first and second year undergraduate students were introduced to the mission of the Archives and its collections. The students handled some of the documents and used them as part of their assignment. A web page was put online for the course and shows students’ contributions. Have a look here:

From May until December 2018, Emmanuel Galland will be working with the Quebec Gay Archives. Emmanuel will be assisting Pierre Pilotte with communications and requests for financing. He will also answer general inquiries and undertake research activities in various archival fonds. With a background in fine arts and art history from the Université de Montréal, Emmanuel has worked as an artist and curator and as a consultant in culture and communications. As a counsellor, trainer and mentor, he accompanies artists and organizations in their creative and professional development. This year, he is curator of the collective exhibit “STATUER. Les figures du socle – Partie III” at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery.

Crédit photo. : F.L.

On April 18 2018 Jacques Prince and Ross Higgins, cofounders of the Quebec Gay Archives, were invited to testify before a committee of the Canadian Senate in Ottawa. Their testimony was heard as part of a parliamentary bill to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions relating to consensual sexual activity between persons of the same sex in the mid/late 20th century. Their statements were broadcast in real time. The testimony of Ross Higgins was given in English, while that of Jacques Prince was given in French..

The Ross Higgins and Jacques Prince segment starts at 12:39