March 2023

In the last issue of NUIT BLANCHE, literary magazine, Bernard Mulaire, Board member of the AGQ, published an article titled Le récit intimiste gai au Québec : histoires d’hommes.

In this article, he addresses the intimate aspect of the work of seven québécois gay authors. Let us mention that NUIT BLANCHE is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

1983 must have been an exceptional year for literature. My they live long!

Dr. Alex Ketchum, of McGill University, compiled alongside her team 18 oral interviews of queer and lesbian women who have been involved in their communities, from the 1970s to today. These interviews are testimoniales of establishments and social events which created the cultural wealth of queer and lesbian Montreal communities.

After a year of work Dr. Ketchum and her team (Eléa Regembal, Laine McCrory, Jesssana Akehurst, and Talia Pirsch), transferred the compilation of interviews to the Archives lesbiennes du Québec and the Archives gaies du Québec.

At the AGQ, most of the interviews, as well as their transcripts, are available for consultation under the archival fonds AGQ-F0213, Montreal Lesbian and Queer Women’s Oral History Project.

Photo from the personal archives of Léopold Foulem

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Léopold Foulem, friend and donor of the Archives gaies du Québec.

Renowned ceramist, he participated in 261 exhibitions, 36 of them solo, in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Pacific Asia. We will remember most notably the McCord Museum’s Camp Fires exhibition in 2015. Two years prior, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec presented a retrospective of his work titled: Léopold L. Foulem. Singularities. He received the Order of Canada in 2019.

Our sincere condolences to his partner Richard Milette.

As part of the AGQ’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the Frank W. Remiggi award was created to honour the memory of this generous benefactor. The prize will be awarded in August 2023 to a researcher whose work was strongly inspired by the Archives gaies du Québec’s collections.

Frank W. Remiggi was born in Montreal in 1951. After obtaining a doctorate in geography at McGill University, he became a professor at UQÀM. His field of research focused on interethnic relations in geography. Alongside Irène Demczuk, he published Sortir de l’ombre. Histoire des communautés lesbienne et gaie de Montréal. He passed away in Montreal in 2018.

The Archives gaies du Québec have in their holdings some of his archives.

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From left to right : Michel Daigneault, the artist Dagmar Dahle and Stephen Schofield. Photo : Guy L’Heureux

On March 18th, over 50 people were present for the opening of the exhibition of drawings by Michel Daigneault and Stephen Schofield, inspired by Yves Navarre’s writing. The DESJARDINS exhibition space is located at the offices of the Archives gaies du Québec (1000, Atateken, office 201 A, Montreal).

The space is open to the public Tuesdays-Sundays between 1PM and 5PM, from March 18th to May 18th.

The artworks are available for purchase.