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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 John Banks Prize (September 8, 2019)

    In August 2019, a new prize was created in honour of great friend and volunteer of the Quebec Gay Archives, John Banks.    The prize bears John’s name and will be given to people who have contributed to the advancement and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.  The prize will be given by Fierté Montréal in recognition of the lifelong participation of Mr Banks in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights.  The Quebec Gay Archives are proud to count him among its members.  John Banks was the first recipient of this prize and received it in the presence of Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.  Our warmest congratulations to John!

    Photo: Danny Godbout

  • With gratitude: the AGQ at the Cinéma du Parc in August (August 10, 2019)

    We thank André Chénard, Claude Gosselin, Pierre Landy, Charles Lapointe, Gilles Legault and Pierre Pilotte, as well as Fonds Diversité sexuelle-Laurent McCutcheon, Québecor,  the estate of Frank W. Remiggi, and Fierté Montréal.  It is thanks to their generosity that the exhibition on Histoires des communautés LGBTQ2S+ du Québec could be produced.

    This show was launched at the Cinéma du Parc on August 1 2019 and will end on September 22.  In the evening of August 14, we invite you to attend a benefit lecture and screen showing held in coordination with the exhibition.  Louis Godbout will address the negative point of view that “viril” gay men sometime hold towards their less traditionally masculine brothers, and this lecture will be followed by the documentary GUILDA – Elle est bien dans ma peau, about Québec’s most famous female impersonator.

    We thank all our donors who have made this possible.

    Credit: Simone Beaudry-Pilotte

  • 69 Positions: PORTER TÉMOIGNAGE / OUR VANISHING at the MAI, Montreal (August 7, 2019)

    69 POSITIONS:

    PORTER TÉMOIGNAGE / OUR VANISHING

    MAI,3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal (PQ) H2X 2K5

    August 8-24 2019

    In 1969, the crime of sodomy was removed from Canada’s Criminal Code, along with laws governing birth control, gun control and gambling. If only two people enjoyed it in private, anal sex, which had previously carried a 14-year prison sentence upon conviction, was no longer a criminal matter.

    In the new legal landscape, divisions of appropriate sexual expression hardened around notions of public and private space. The government had opened the bedroom door to assimilation and homonormativity for some of the populace. Nevertheless, our 2LGBTQ communities’ rich collective expressions have demonstrated brilliant resistance to Canada’s hollow narratives of progress and assimilation.

    Examining queer life on the 50th anniversary of 1969, this lucid, critical, and playful exhibition features archival works from the collections of VIVO Media Arts, Vidéographe, les Archives gaies du Québec, the ArQuives, and ARTEXTE, alongside works by collectives such as the Front de Libération Homosexuelle and works that flutter out of the archive by contemporary artists Hazel Meyer, David Widgington and Projet Hybris.

    Curated by Jamie Ross

    Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/494781777944508/

    Opening: Thursday August 8, 6-9pm

    Curator’s tour: Saturday August 10th, 2-3pm

  • Remembering Laurent McCutcheon (July 8, 2019)

    Laurent McCutcheon (1942-2019)

    It is with great sadness that the Archives gaies du Québec have learned of the passing of Laurent McCutcheon, great friend, volunteer, and donor of the Archives, who had been  battling with cancer since December 2016. For more than 35 years, Mr. McCutcheon had actively fought for LGBT+ rights, with personal involvement in the Association pour les droits des gais et lesbiennes du Québec (ADGLQ), Gai Écoute, and as Vice-President of the Association québécoise pour le droit de mourir dans la dignité. He was also the founder of Fondation Émergence, an organization that promotes LGBT+ awareness through education. He is survived by his partner, Pierre Sheridan, his family, and numerous friends

  • The Archives at the Goethe-Institut (June 25, 2019)

    On June 19 more than 80 people attended a lecture given by Antoine Idier at the Goethe-Institut of Montreal.  The evening was hosted by Monique Giroux.  Antoine Idier is the author of Archives des mouvements LGBT+ : Une histoire des luttes de 1890 à nos jours, a book about LGBT+ archiving in France.    Jonathan Dorey, PhD, archivist, translator and member of the board of the Quebec Gay Archives gave a short presentation before the lecture on the development of and challenges faces the Archives.  The evening was a great success and we thank those who made the event  possible:  the Fondatin Jasmin Roy/Sophie Desmarais, the Consulat général de France, and of course the Goethe-Institut.

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