Office/Reading Room

1000 Amherst, Suite 103 – Montreal (Quebec) H2L 3K5

About us

Founded in 1983, 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 LGBTQ+ communities of Quebec. Our collections are available for public consultation during our regular opening hours on Thursday evenings between 7 :30 and 9 :30 pm or by appointment.

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.

  • The Quebec Gay Archives would like to thank … (January 8, 2019)

    The members of the Board of the Quebec Gay Archives thank the estate of the late Frank W. Remiggi for its generous financial donation. Professor Remiggi, a long time friend and supporter of the Archives, passed away in September 2018. We thank his family and most particularly his sister, Maria Remiggi.

    We would also like to thank Gregg Blachford and David McGillivray, who organized a benefit event in their own home in early December as part of the Quebec Gay Archive’s annual fundraising campaign. It proved to be a very beneficial event for the organization.

    Finally, we thank the family of the late Jacques Pétrin, and most particularly his daughter Julie Pétrin, for their gift of selected books, publications and DVDs from the collections of the deceased.

  • Ross Higgins received the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal (January 8, 2019)

    Dr Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives, received on December 19 2018 the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal from the Honorable Serge Joyal on behalf of the Speaker of the Senate. Dr Higgins received this commemorative medal in recognition of his years of service to the community.

    Congratulations Ross.

    From left to right, Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Archives gaies du Québec and recipient of the medal, the Honourable Serge Joyal and Jacques Prince, co-founder of the Archives gaies du Québec and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
    Photo Credit: Sara Teinturier

    The obverse of the medal bears the Senate emblem and the reverse illustrates the Senate Chamber. A space is provided for the name of the recipient.


  • The Quebec Gay Archives team will be back on January 10th (December 28, 2018)

  • Quebec Gay Archives Fundraising Campaign 2018: A Work of Art as Grand Prize (November 28, 2018)

    Each fall, the Archives hold its annual fundraising campaign.  Once again this year, we are offering a grand prize of a work of art to those who support our mission financially.

    The Quebec Gay Archives had been more active than ever this year, both in terms of work in our collections and public events which celebrate our 35 years of existence.  All our activities this year have only taken place thanks to you, the generous members of our community.

    As our organization receives no sustained funding from public sources or private foundations, we turn to you once again in order to continue our mission.


    A message from Jacques Prince, President of the Quebec Gay Archives:

    For 35 years now, the Quebec Gay Archives have acquired, conserved and promoted materials that records the history of LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations.  Researchers and visitors from Quebec and from abroad come to consult our varied collections and archival records while the organization simultaneously organizes events and expositions centred on our materials and our mission.  In this 35th year of our existence, our importance has been acknowledged by articles in Fugues, Le Devoir, La Presse Plus, The Montreal Gazette, Le Lien Multimédia and L’Itinéraire

    All of these activities can only happen thanks to the determination of a dedicated group of volunteers as well as to the donations and support offered by a rich and diverse community.  The financial support which you offer each year during our fundraising campaign permits us to maintain our mission, to affirm our collective presence and to ensure the transmission to future generations of our rich history.

    Each and every donation, no matter how large or small, is of great importance to us.  A tax receipt is offered for every donation of $25 or more.  This year, as part of our fundraising campaign, we can offer for each cumulative donation of $50 a chance to win the draw for a framed artwork by painter Louise Robert, with an estimated value of $4000.00.

    We are relying on you and your ongoing support to allow us to continue our essential work.  The members of the board as well as the many volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives thank you in advance for your generosity.

    You can now make your donation securely on line at or, as always, with the attached donation form (page 3 in English).

    Louise Robert, « No 827 », November 2013
    Oil, colored pencils and graphite on paper, 51 cm x 61cm / approx. 20 x 24 inches
    Photo Credit: Guy L’Heureux. All right reserved.
    The artist is represented by Galerie Simon Blais.

  • John Banks shines in a documentary film (November 15, 2018)

    JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
    In close-up, John Banks tells us of his personal and professional life, and how it has changed along with the LGBTQ+ communities.  John Banks, a witness to personal and community development.

    Documentary Film: JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
    Director: Alexis Baribeault
    Length: 46 min. 24 sec. | Year: 2018 | Language: French

    Copyright: Quebec Gay Archives, 2018.

    JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement has been presented for the first time during a two part event August 15 2018 in the context of ‘’The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc in August 2018’’ (Montréal).

    Born in Montréal, John Banks has been recognized for decades for his activism.  The personal secretary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich for many years, he has always been active in LGBTQ+ community organizations.  In the 1970s and 1980s, he regularly collaborated in publications and two gay radio shows as producer and co-host. In 1979, he followed in the path of LGBTQ+ groups in the USA commemorating the anniversary of Stonewall by organizing in Montréal a demonstration of a happy, proud and exceptional proud LGBTQ+ community.  This demonstration became a model for Pride celebrations all over Canada.

    In 2017, he was invited to be a Grand Marshall of the Fierté Montréal Pride celebrations. He is an active member of the Quebec Gay Archives.

    Alexis Baribeault produced his first film, as part of an internship with the Quebec Gay Archives in 2017-2018, while he was a student at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
    « (…) Le jeune réalisateur vient de terminer une majeure en histoire. Se dirigeant maintenant vers un certificat en documentation, il a cherché à acquérir de l’expérience en archives, ce qui l’a mené vers les AGQ. (…) »

    Lien MULTIMÉDIA – le portail des professionnels du numérique au Québec,

    « Une première expérience en réalisation pour Alexis Barbeault avec ‘’John Banks, une vie d’engagement’’ », Frédéric Bouchard, 15 août 2018

    Upper: John Banks at the Reading Room – Quebec Gay Archives
    Photo Credit: Emmanuel Galland / Quebec Gay Archives. All rights reserved.
    Down: Poster for the film « JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement »
    Graphic designer: Jean Logan
    Source: Quebec Gay Archives. All rights reserved.

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