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.

  • Making headlines: The Quebec Gay Archives in The Montreal Gazette (August 14, 2018)

    The Montreal Gazette, ‘’Montreal Pride shows its true colours – From RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni to the big parade, this year’s celebrations are billed as the largest LGBTQ Pride in Canada with good reason’’, Richard Burnett, August 9 2018


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    Video : « Two Solitudes: Fighting for LGBT rights in Montreal » with Ross Higgins, 3:07

  • The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc in August 2018 (July 26, 2018)

  • A School, A Park, An Archive (July 26, 2018)

    On July 11, as part of the A School, A Park summer graphics design workshop, the AGQ welcomed two groups of participants at the archives. Under the tutorship of Katja Mater, Sara Kaaman, and Jessica Gysel from GIRLS LIKE US, twenty of so participants were introduced to the AGQ and browsed some of our collections, focusing on the Namaste « zines » fonds. GIRLS LIKE US is an independent magazine turning the spotlight on an international expanding community of women from all genders within arts, culture and activism. They are on Facebook and Instagram.

    Photo credit : DR/AGQ

  • 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

  • 2018-2019: The Archives on tour in Quebec museums (June 27, 2018)

    The Quebec Gay Archives have contributed to an exhibition which will be presented in three Quebec museums in 2018-2019:  ‘’InterReconnaissance – Une mémoire citoyenne se raconte’’.

    « Solidarity, dignity, violence, marginalization, visibility, creativity, alternative…  These words describe the theme of the exhibition which allows us to explore a half century of struggle for recognition of the rights of marginalized groups » (translation from French: I.B.).

    Many items drawn from the collections of the Quebec Gay Archives are now on loan to this exhibition.

    -Photograph: Demonstration against police brutality towards the Montreal gay community, 1976.
    -Photograph: Façade of the Bookstore L’Androgyne, 1979.
    -Document: First edition of the magazine, Le Berdache, 1979.
    -Document: Charter of the Association pour les droits des gai(e)s du Québec – ADGQ (loan of original document).
    -Press clipping: Omnibus Bill, 1969 – Decriminalization of homosexuality.
    -Poster: Outgames Montreal, 2006.
    -Poster: Stonewall40 – Commemoration of the New York gay community demonstrations of 1969.
    -Program: Image & Nation Film Festival, 1988.
    -Poster: RÉZO

    The ‘’InterReconnaissance – Une mémoire citoyenne se raconte’’ exhibition was developed by the Écomusée du fier monde (Montréal).

    A people’s history museum, the Écomusée du fiers monde invites you to explore little known aspects of Montreal’s culture. Discover the daily life of ordinary people and explore the inspiring paths of popular and community organizations. Come see the exhibitions at the Écomusée and the former Généreux public bath, a magnificent example of 1920s architecture.



    – From June 14 to August 26 2018: Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup

    – From September 6 2018 to February 3 2019: Écomusée du fier monde, Montréal
    Opening: September 5 2018

    – Winter/Spring 2019 (dates to be confirmed): Musée POP – Quebec’s Folk Culture (formerly Musée québécois de culture populaire), Trois-Rivières

    Credit: Façade of the bookstore L’Androgyne, 1979 (Fonds Androgyne, AGQ, 2/2, ch. 187)

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