August 2022

Photo: Jean Logan.

After two years of absence, Fierté Montréal came roaring back and organized two community days on Friday August 5th and Saturday August 6th.

The Archives gaies du Québec (AGQ) were there, at a stand on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Timothée. Despite the heat, the crowd was very enthusiastic. As usual, we handed out postcards and copies of the Archigai to people from across the world and answered questions.

This was also the opportunity to invite people over to the AGQ’s LE SIDA EN AFFICHES exhibition at our offices.

Photo: Clémence Harter.

The LE SIDA EN AFFICHES exhibition was initially meant as a historical overview of the extent of the fight against AIDS based on the Archives gaies du Québec’s (AGQ) extensive AIDS poster collection. This event was planned as part the 24th International AIDS Conference that took place in Montreal between July 29th and August 2nd 2022 at the Palais des Congrès.

Taking place at the AGQ’s offices, the exhibition received financial support from Fierté Montréal, as well as from Fugues and the Caisse Desjardins du Quartier-Latin. From August 1st to 7th, over two hundred visitors came to see thirty posters from around the world that were displayed throughout our offices. Visitors were mostly from outside of Montreal – some came from as far as India, South America, or Australia – but also many English-speaking visitors from Montreal, Quebec, and Canada!

We received warm thanks for the quality of our hospitality and of the display.

Armand Monroe, Simon Gamache & Sandy Duperval. Photo: Alison Slattery.

Armand Monroe received the John-Banks prize, from the hands of his friend John Banks himself.

In the 1950s, at a time when homosexuality was both a crime and a disease, Armand Monroe succeeded in organizing openly gay public events. Known as “La Monroe”, Armand Monroe hosted female impersonation evenings until the 1980s, most notably at the PJ’s club. He also participated in Montreal’s first Pride March, organized by John Banks in 1979. He has been a pionneer in the affirmation and recognition of homosexual rights, paving the way for today’s gender and sexual diversity. The John-Banks prize is a reward for a life of commitment to LGBTQ2S+ causes. He recently made a donation of text documents, objects, photos and paintings to the Archives gaies du Québec.

Congratulations to “La Monroe”!