Our mission

The Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and promote all documentation which relates to the history of LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals in Quebec.


To promote the diversity and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people.


To continuously update its collection on all aspects of gender and sexuality.


To promote research on sexual minorities and gender and recognition of the contribution of the same to the history of Quebec.

An essential role

Through the conservation of archival fonds and collections, by the organization of public events and by welcoming researchers and visitors to its reading room, the Quebec Gay Archives perform an essential role as guardian of LGBTQ+ history and its promoter both locally and abroad.

Services offered

The Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and preserve any handwritten, printed, visual or audio material which testify to the history of the gay and lesbian communities of Quebec. We possess important collections of magazines, newspapers, press clippings, books, video and audio recordings, posters, photos and archival materials. Members of our team are able to assist researchers by referring them to the appropriate materials in our collections. Some finding aids and research tools are also available for public use. Please see the sections “Resources” and “Collections” for an overview.


These collections are available for public consultation during our regular opening hours on Thursday evenings between 7 :30 and 9 :30 pm and may also be consulted on an appointment basis by using the Contact section.

  • Summer Closing: Everybody outside (July 10, 2018)

    The Quebec Gay Archives is closed from June 24 until Sept. 3, 2018.

    After this period, the Quebec Gay Archives will welcome visitors to its reading room located at 1000 Amherst Street in Montreal, Suite 103. We will be open to the public Thursday evenings between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Please call or email us to make an appointment outside of these times.

    Have fun at Fierté Montréal!
    Participate to our event at Cinéma du Parc in August!

    The AGQ at the Cinéma du Parc in August
    Fierté Montréal Pride
    Cinéma du Parc

  • Les AGQ font le tour des musées au Québec en 2018-2019 (June 27, 2018)

    Les Archives gaies du Québec ont apporté une contribution à une exposition présentée dans trois institutions muséales québécoises en 2018-2019 : « InterReconnaissance – Une mémoire citoyenne se raconte » conçue par l’Écomusée du fier monde* (Montréal).

    « Solidarité, dignité, violence, marginalisation, visibilité, créativité, alternative… Ces mots structurent le parcours de l’exposition qui permet d’explorer un demi-siècle de luttes pour la reconnaissance des droits de divers groupes minorisés. »
    Faites la rencontre de ceux et celles qui ont mené ce combat et découvrez les nombreuses organisations qui revendiquent des droits égaux pour tous et toutes. Témoignages, affiches, photos et œuvres d’art engagées illustrent cette marche vers l’interReconnaissance pour les femmes, les personnes handicapées, les personnes vivant avec un problème de santé mentale, celles issues de l’immigration, ainsi que la communauté LGBTQ+. »

    Les AGQ ont puisé à même leurs collections pour prêter divers éléments à cette exposition.
    – Photographie : Manifestation contre la violence policière envers la communauté gaie montréalaise, 1976
    – Photographie : Façade de la Librairie L’Androgyne, 1979
    – Document : Premier numéro de la revue Le Berdache, 1979
    – Document : Manifeste de l’Association pour les droits gai(e)s du Québec – ADGQ (prêt du document original)
    – Coupure de presse : Bill Omnibus, 1969 – décriminalisation de l’homosexualité
    – Affiche : Outgames Montréal 2006
    – Affiche : Stonewall 40 – commémoration des manifestations de la communauté gaie new-yorkaise en 1969
    – Programme : Festival Image & Nation, 1988
    – Affiche : RÉZO

    * L’Écomusée du fier monde – Musée d’histoire et musée citoyen – vous invite à explorer des volets méconnus de la culture montréalaise. Découvrez la vie quotidienne en milieu ouvrier et suivez le parcours inspirant de groupes citoyens. Visitez les expositions de l’Écomusée et l’ancien bain public Généreux, un magnifique exemple de l’architecture des années 1920.


    – Du 14 juin au 26 août 2018 : Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup

    – Du 6 septembre 2018 au 3 février 2019 : Écomusée du fier monde, Montréal
    Vernissage : 5 septembre 2018

    – Hiver-printemps 2019 (dates à confirmer) : Musée POP – La culture populaire du Québec (anciennement le Musée québécois de culture populaire), Trois-Rivières

    Crédit : Façade de la Librairie L’Androgyne, 1979 (Fonds Androgyne, AGQ, 2 de 2, ch.187)

  • The Quebec Gay Archives receives the support of Fierté Montréal (June 15, 2018)

    The Quebec Gay Archives is happy to announce that it has received the support of Fierté Montréal for two activities.

    Fierté Montréal has chosen to support financially our August event, “THE QUEBEC GAY ARCHIVES AT THE CINÉMA DU PARC” and include it in the festival’s official program.

    – The event include a free public exhibition of posters on HIV/AIDS, in the lobby of the Cinéma du Parc (noon to 8:30 pm every day, Free entrance).

    – In the evening of 15 August, attendees will benefit from a lecture given by Gabriel Girard as well as the premiere of the documentary film, “John Banks – Une vie d’engagement” (entry fee of $15, taxes included).

    – In addition, Fierté Montréal shows its support to the Quebec Gay Archives this year with its Programme de bourses communautaires, which will permit the organization to broaden its outreach with new communication strategies.

    Join us at the Cinéma du Parc in the month of August!
    The Quebec Gay Archives thanks Fugues for its partnership.

    And take part in all the activities of Fierté Montréal, from August 9 to 19 2018!
    Come to meet us at the Quebec Gay Archives’ kiosk during Community Day: Saturday August 18, 11 am to 5 pm, free access.

  • AGQ’s Annual General Assembly (June 15, 2018)

    Held June 10 2018, during the annual general assembly of the Quebec Gay Archives, five out of a total of nine board members were elected.

    Board members elected were: Iain Blair (vice-president), Raymond Thibault (treasurer), Jonathan Dorey (councillor no.3), Alexandre Fortier (councillor no.4) and Robert Tessier (councillor no.5).

    On even years, five positions on the Board are open for election, and on odd years the remaining four.

    The Board of the Quebec Gay Archives is currently composed of:
    Jacques Prince: President
    Iain Blair: Vice President
    Yvon D’Amour: Secretary
    Raymond Thibault: Treasurer
    Julie Podmore: Councillor no 1
    Tony Esposito: Councillor no 2
    Jonathan Dorey: Councillor no 3
    Alexandre Fortier: Councillor no 4
    Robert Tessier: Councillor no 5

    Ross Higgins chose to not stand for re-election this year. Co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives in 1983, he has chosen to leave the Board while continuing to be an active member of the Archives.

    The new Board of the Quebec Gay Archives. From left to right: Raymond Thibault, Iain Blair, Yvon D’Amour, Tony Esposito, Jacques Prince, Alexandre Fortier, Jonathan Dorey and Robert Tessier. Absent: Julie Podmore (Councillor no 1).

    Photo: Ross Higgins

  • The AGQ on Radio Nova (June 15, 2018)

    On June 11 Jacques Prince, president and co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives, was invited to speak on France’s Radio Nova along with Pierre Pilotte, Archives coordinator. Hosts Edouard Baer and Camille Diao spoke to their guests from their open-air studio at the Francofolies festival. Radio Nova’s morning show Plus près de toi attracts a daily average of 500,000 French listeners and, with this week’s visit to the Francofolies, took the opportunity to invite local social and cultural figures to the show.

    The interview can be found in the second half of the podcast :

    From left to right : Edouard Baer, host (actor and director), Jacques Prince (president and co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives) and Pierre Pilotte (Archives coordinator).

    Photo : Camille Diao (Radio Nova).

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