July 2021

Last June, the Quebec Gay Archives received a special gift from Gaspare Borsellino, who became president of the Gruppo Italiano Gay e Lesbico di Montreal (GIGL) in 1996, nine months after its foundation. He remained so until 2001.

The group had up to 70 members, of which about 20 were women. Its activities ceased in 2006. For about ten years, the group members have collected a wide variety of documentation. In addition to the numerous publications (journals, magazines, brochures, newspapers, etc.), there are several administrative documents from which we can learn a lot about the group’s activities. It is rare to receive a donation from a cultural community. Most of the documents are in French, because this group was mostly focused on what was happening in Montreal, as well as the entire province of Quebec.

We are thankful for this enriching gift to our collections.

On July 4th, the annual general assembly of the Quebec Gay Archives was convened.

On this occasion, elections were held. There were four (4) positions to be voted on: president, secretary and two (2) advisors. Jacques Prince was re-elected for a two (2) year term as president, as well as Yvon D’Amour as secretary, and Tony Esposito as advisor. The other advisor position is now assumed by a new recruit, the young archivist Fabien Galipeau.

The continuity is renewed. At this meeting, we also adopted a new version of the General By-Laws. In spite of the difficult months we have just gone through, the assessment of our activities remains very positive. The summer promises to be rich in events, and the future, full of promises.