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.

  • 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.

  • L’ITINÉRAIRE and the Quebec Gay Archives (November 11, 2018)

    In its edition of September 15 2018, L’ITINÉRAIRE magazine devoted extended coverage, including its front page, to the Quebec Gay Archives.

    On the cover of L’ITINÉRAIRE, “35 ans d’histoires gaies (35 years of gay history)”, and inside “Patrimoine, Plongée dans les Archives gaies du Québec (Heritage – an excursion to the Quebec Gay Archives)” an article by Camille Teste, with 19 photos including 3 by Alberto Reyes Zamora.

    Read More: PDF (article in French only)

    L’ITINÉRAIRE cover, Vol. 25, Number 18, September 15 2018
    Photo Credit: Alan B. Stone, « Modèle simulant le lancer de poids » (Mike Mangnione), october 1962.
    Source: Fonds d’archives Alan B. Stone – AGS 62 / AGQ. All rights reserved.

  • Robert Schwartzwald on two exhibitions about sexuality in Berlin and Vienna (November 6, 2018)

    On the AGQ website under the tab “Resources” and then “Conferences” you will find a series of texts of interest to our community.

    Robert Schwartzwald offers us the most recent addition titled “A Queer Travelogue:  Two Exhibitions in Berlin and Vienna”.

    Schwartzwald is Professor in the Département de littératures et de langues du monde at the Université de Montréal.

    His professional profile and research interest can be found on the website of the Université de Montréal:

    “Fig. 3 – Anti-Masturbation Belt” (Vienna)
    Photo Credit: Robert Schwartzwald. All rights reserved.

  • Gabriel Girard’s text in open access. “Sida, enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de savoirs” (AIDS: Questions of Memory, Questions of Knowledge) (October 16, 2018)

    Following his public lecture of August 15 2018 at Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc, Gabriel Girard offers us the full text of the presentation.
    The lecture and film screening, along with the poster exhibition held August 1-31, were part an event celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Quebec Gay Archives.

    Please find here in French the full text of Gabriel Girard’s presentation.  We thank him for his generosity.  Sida, enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de savoirs


    Who is Gabriel Girard?  Dr Girard is a member of  CREMIS (Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités sociales et les discriminations).  He is currently employed by the Direction régionale de santé publique.

    The Cinéma du Parc was a sponsor of “Les AGQ au Cinéma du Parc!” along with Fierté Montréal Pride, Fugues and several donors.
    Note that Fierté Montréal graciously sent its official photographer, André Bilodeau, to commemorate the evening.  Samuel Bonnefont, web and social network coordinator of REZO, also filmed the lecture.

    In the forground: Gabriel Girard beofre his lecture, August 15 2018.
    In the background: John Banks–member of the Quebec Gay Archives– before the screening of the movie JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement during the same event.
    Photo Credit : André Bilodeau / Fierté Montréal Pride. All rights reserved.

  • At the Écomusée du fier monde: InterReconnaissance (Inter-recognition) with the Quebec Gay Archives and Other Community Organizations (October 15, 2018)

    On September 2018, members of the team of the Quebec Gay Archives attended the opening of the exhibition InterReconnaissance – Retracing Struggles for Recognition which will be held at Montréal’s Écomusée du fier monde until February 3 2019.

    Read the original news item with full details of the contribution of the Archives to the show :

    InterReconnaissance (Inter-recognition) on tour:  After Rivière-du-Loup’s Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Écomusée du fier monde in 2018, the exhibition will be presented at the Musée POP – La culture populaire du Québec in Trois-Rivières in 2019 (dates to be confirmed).

    Partial view: InterReconnaissance – Retracing Struggles for Recognition
    Photo Credit: Emmanuel Galland / AGQ. All rights reserved.

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