Office/Reading Room

1000 Amherst, Suite 201 – 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 are moving! (May 15, 2019)

    The Quebec Gay Archives are moving, but not far. Our offices are relocating one floor higher in the same building at 1000, rue Amherst.

    The move will be completed by the end of June. We will continue to welcome researchers during our regular opening hours, Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, until the end of May. It is still suggested to inform us in advance of your visit by email or by telephone (voicemail).

    The move will enable us to double the size of our offices, and offer our visitors a more spacious and comfortable work environment.

    We thank you in advance for your understanding and your patience. Our operations will have returned to normal by the beginning of September.

    From now until then, we wish you a very good summer season.

    New address : in the same building but one floor higher. Only the office number will change.

    Archives gaies du Québec
    1000, rue Amherst, suite 201
    Montréal (Québec) H1L 3K5

  • Meeting withmembers of the community group Diversité Sourds du Québec (DSQ) (May 6, 2019)

    On Saturday April 13, Jacques Prince, co-founder and president of the Quebec Gay Archives, met with ex-members of the now disbanded community group, Diversité Sourds du Québec (DSQ). Jacques Prince took part in this meeting to inform former members of the DSQ of the steps being taken to preserve the organizational papers, transferred to the Quebec Gay Archives at the time of the DSQ’s dissolution.

    In the photo, we see Jacques Prince in the foreground to the right of Marc-André Bernier in the plaid shirt, volunteer with the Quebec Gay Archives and person responsible for organization of the DSQ papers.

    We thank Mr Bernier who made possible the transfer of the DSQ papers to the Quebec Gay Archives and hence their preservation.

    Photo : Kashif Ahmed Bin Arif

  • John Banks Wins the Phénicia Award (April 20, 2019)

    The Members of the Board of the Quebec Gay Archives are very pleased to announce that Mr John Banks, a long time friend and devoted volunteer, will receive on May 30 a Phénicia Award. This year the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Quebec is celebrating its 15th anniversary and, in order to mark the occasion, is giving 15 prizes to notable members of the LGBTQ+ communities. The award recipients include, among other, Ariane Moffat, the journalist Richard Burnett, the president and founder of Fierté Montréal Eric Pineault, the founder of Lez Spread the Word Florence Gagnon, and Dax Dasilva, founder and chief executive of Lightspeed.

    Members of the Board and volunteers warmly thank John Banks for his many years of activism in the LGBTQ+ communities.

    Photo: Emmanuel Galland

  • Article from Ross Higgins published on Queer Quebec in Contemporary French Civilization (April 5, 2019)

    Dr Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives, published an article on Queer Quebec in Contemporary French Civilization, a scholarly journal of Liverpool University Press. In the article, the author addresses community archiving in the context of queer and trans perspectives as well as that of contemporary gender theory.

  • A Successful Ending to the 2018 Fundraising Campaign (March 16, 2019)

    On February 18, the Quebec Gay Archives ended its very successful 2018 fundraising campaign with a draw for the work of art generously donated by artist Louise Roy. The draw was held in the presence of the artist, of Jacques Prince, President of the Québec Gay Archives, of Iain Blair, Vice-President, and of Pierre Pilotte, Archives Coordinator. Daniel Arcand, a long time friend of the Archives and supporter of our fundraising campaigns, was the happy winner of the piece of art. During the draw, Louise Robert announced to us that she would be showing her works at ART PARIS show, to be held in the Grand Palais in Paris, at the beginning of April.

    Our 2018 fundraising campaign was a great success and we did meet our objective of $20,000.00. We would like to thank all of our donors, as well as Louise Robert and the Galerie Simon Blais ( which acts as the artist’s agent.

    During the draw at the artist’s studio, from left to right: Louise Robert, Jacques Prince and Iain Blair
    Photo: Pierre Pilotte

    Presentation of the work to Daniel Arcand on the left with Jacques Prince in the center and Iain Blair.
    Photo: Daniel Thérien

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