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.

  • Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (May 4, 2018)

    On April 18 2018 Jacques Prince and Ross Higgins, cofounders of the Quebec Gay Archives, were invited to testify before a committee of the Canadian Senate in Ottawa. Their testimony was heard as part of a parliamentary bill to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions relating to consensual sexual activity between persons of the same sex in the mid/late 20th century. Their statements were broadcast in real time. The testimony of Ross Higgins was given in English, while that of Jacques Prince was given in French..

    The Ross Higgins and Jacques Prince segment starts at 12:39

    http://senparlvu.parl.gc.ca/XRender/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2?fk=483605&globalStreamId=3


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  • Contribute online (February 27, 2018)

    You can now make a online donation on the website of the Quebec Gay Archives

    The process is very easy. First click on the tab “Donate”, and then click on “Make an online donation with CanadaHelps”. You can then enter the amount you would like to donate. Setting up monthly contributions is also possible.

    CanadaHelps will send to you a tax receipt when the donation is finalized.

    The Board of Directors and volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives thank in advance all of our generous donors.

     

    Each year, the collections of the Quebec Gay Archives grow in importance due to the documents, photos, artworks and other objects given to us by members of the LGBTQ+ communities. We would like to enhance our collections of materials relations to places that were an important part of LGBTQ+ life, and so are especially interested in photos of bars, discotheques, restaurants, saunas, parks, rooming houses etc where LGBTQ+ people gathered. Promotional objects, such as matchbooks, ashtrays, lapel pins, Tshirts etc, are also valuable, and any materials concerning lesbian are particularly welcomed. If you have such materials, please do not throw them away. Give them to the Quebec Gay Archives so we can keep our history alive for future generations. Too many treasures are discarded when a community member passes away, or when people are not aware of the mission of the Quebec Gay Archives. In this, our 35th year, we make a special request that you help us preserve these materials for posterity.

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  • Video : Extrait de “Centre-ville : L’âge des lumières” avec Ross Higgins et John Banks de l’AGQ (February 12, 2018)

    Les membres du Conseil d’administration et les bénévoles des Archives gaies du Québec remercient le réalisateur du documentaire Montréal, mon amour, mon histoire, Paul Carvalho, d’avoir généreusement accepté que nous mettions en ligne la séquence avec John Banks et Ross Higgins.

    Centre-ville : L’âge des lumières souligne les batailles menées à Montréal : la lutte contre la prostitution et les maisons de jeu et la communauté gaie face à la répression.

    Centre-ville : L’âge des lumières, du coffret Montréal, mon amour, mon histoire

    Réalisé par : Paul Carvalho

    Produit par : Les Films Perception Inc. ©2015

    http://www.paulcarvalhofilms.com/centre-ville.html
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  • Pierre Pilotte, Coordinator at the Quebec Gay Archives (January 31, 2018)

    Pierre Pilotte has been working as coordinator at the Quebec Gay Archives since the summer of 2017. After having worked for three decades in cultural industries as director of communications, he reoriented his career several years ago towards the community sector. He has been on the boards of RÉZO and of the Portail VIH sida du Québec while also working for both organizations. As coordinator of the Gay Archives, Pierre researches funding opportunities and develops promotional activities and communications strategies in consultation with the organization’s Board of Directors. (Photo: Oz Yilmaz)

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  • Thank you! (January 12, 2018)

    Board members and volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives would like to thank all donors who participated so generously in our 2017 financing drive. The Quebec Gay Archives exceeded its objectives in this campaign and the amount received will allow us to complete several projects which have already been initiated. Visitors to the Archive’s website will already have noticed what has been accomplished thanks to incoming donations. The Quebec Gay Archives thanks all of its donors and wishes them a very Happy New Year.


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