July 2020

The Quebec Gay Archives have recently put in place a series of measures designed to ensure that, when our offices reopen, the health and well-being of all will be taken into account.  These measures are subject to change and will be updated according to the evolution of pandemic.  Please see below the decisions that were taken by the employees and executive committee of the Archives concerning probable dates of reopening and the re-launch of volunteer activities:

  • On site consultation at the Quebec Gay Archives will be begin by the month of September, and will be on an appointment-only basis. Until that time, reference question can be directed to the archivists at agq@videotron.ca.  Our regular Thursday evening opening hours will not begin before the month of October, and will take place on an appointment-only basis two Thursdays per month.  Supplementary information will be provided at a later time concerning precise dates and the necessary health protocols to be followed.
  • Volunteer activities will not restart before the month of October, and only when the situation permits us to do so in a manner respectful of all public health guidelines.  A maximum of three volunteers per activity will be permitted and all volunteers must register in advance.  If any volunteers would like to be involved in “virtual committees”, they are asked to contact us.
  • Only one stagiaire will be permitted on site at any one time during the pandemic.
  • The Quebec Gay Archives will continue to accept donations of materials, but encourages all donors to wait, if possible, until conditions are more favourable to inter-personal contact.

You should note that, when our offices are open again for consultation and volunteer activities, face masks will be mandatory for employees, volunteers and visitors.  The Quebec Gay Archives will be able to offer masks to those who do not have one.  All activities are to be proscribed if a social distance of two metres between individuals is not possible.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Quebec Gay Archives at (514) 287-9987 or by email at agq@videotron.ca.

In solidarity,

The team of the Quebec Gay Archives

The Quebec Gay Archives recently welcomed a new intern, V. Samoylenko, who will be working with us until October. Their internship will allow them to complete their undergraduate public history program at Concordia University. With a Mitacs Research Training Award (Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that supports industrial and social innovation in Canada, https://www.mitacs.ca/en), as well as a Canada Summer Jobs contract, they will be doing research in order to plan an exhibit using documents from the Quebec Gay Archives.

The film on transgender activist Chloé Viau produced by Simone Beaudry Pilotte during her time with the AGQ in the summer of 2019 will be shown as part of the Lesflicks Festival.

Lesflicks is a web platform offering lesbian and bisexual themed films. Normally the Lesflicks festival is held in Manchester, England, each year, but has moved to a virtual format in 2020 due to COVID-19. The virtual festival will take place from July 24 to July 26, while the film on Chloé Viau will be available for the entirety of this period.