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1000 Atateken, Suite 201-A / 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.

  • Guided tours of montréal’s 2SLGBTQI+ historic sites (September 14, 2021)

    If you have been walking downtown or in the Village recently, you might have noticed sign panels that feature some of our archives. Those mark the location of 50 sites of importance for 2SLGBTQI+ communities, in the heart of our city, presented by Fierté Montréal , in partnership with the Quebec Gay Archives and Spade & Palacio.

    From Café Cléopâtre to La Paryse, the Outgames, or the Chapelle de l’espoir, come discover important 2SLGBTQI+ locations and establishments from out city’s past.

    Free guided tours are offered from August 12th to October 17th, 2021.

    On foot (Beaudry station departure) :

    • Thursday and Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm (french)
    • Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm (english)
    • Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm (french)



    By bike (Place Émilie-Gamelin departure) :

    • Thursday and Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm (french)
    • Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm (english)
    • Sunday from 5 pm to 7 pm (french)



    On mini bus (Place Émilie-Gamelin departure) :

    • Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm (french)



    For more information for reservations, please consult this page.


  • A delightful fall exhibition (September 10, 2021)

    Until October 9th, come visit the Village on Sainte-Catherine Street between Saint-Hubert and Alexandre-DeSève. Be careful not to speak too loudly though, because the Walls have Ears.

    Taking inspiration from queer mapping projects Queering the Map and Mapping Montreal’s Queer Spaces, the project Walls have ears: The Stories of LGBTQ2S+ Spaces seeks to not only put the diverse experiences of LGBTQ2S+ people on a map, but also to render them audible and combine different types of media.

    The project presents oral history narrations as well as historical capsules about key queer neighbourhoods. As such, it highlights spaces that are important for the interview participants all while providing historical context to Montreal’s LGBTQ2S spaces and communities. Considering time and pandemic-related constraints, the number of participants was unfortunately limited. The quality of their stories, however, is enough to transport us to a bygone time and place.

    The physical exhibition will be shown on the pedestrian portion of Sainte-Catherine until October 9th. It will also be accessible online on our website.

    This project was made possible thanks to financial and material support from our partners: FIERTÉ MONTRÉAL, MOUVEMENT DESJARDINS, QUÉBECOR, FUGUES, CANADA SUMMER JOBS, EMPLOI QUÉBEC, VILLAGE MONTRÉAL, to whom we owe the installation of the exhibition on Sainte-Catherine, the succession Frank W. Remiggi and the donors of the Archives gaies du Québec.

  • An exibition at McGill University with the AGQ (September 2, 2021)


    This fall, the Quebec Gay Archives are collaborating with McGill’s Dr. Alex Ketchum’s exhibition “Recipe for a Queer Cookbook”. This exhibition, organised as part of Queer History Month, is an overview of many recipe books and other documents written on the subject of queer cuisine.

    The AGQ are loaning 3 documents for this project, all of them belonging to our zine collection acquired from Viviane Namaste in 2007. The zines in question are: “Hot Lip”, “Diseased Pariah News”, and “Fuzz Box”.

    The exhibition will take place in the hallways of the Leacock Building of McGill University, from August 18th to December 20th, 2021. There will be a vernissage on October 7th, where we will give a short presentation of the AGQ, along with Laure Neuville of the Quebec Lesbian Archives, who also collaborated with Dr. Ketchum for this project. The exhibition is also available online.

  • Latest additions to our iconographic collections (September 2, 2021)

    What do you picture when you hear the word “archives”? Old and dusty documents, preciously held away by a white-bearded elder? Think again! Although the AGQ does have a few of those, we also have splendid collections of photographs, paintings, films, many books, and a vast quantity of varied artefacts related to LGBTQ2S+ communities. One day, perhaps, when we are rich, will we be able to open a small museum?

    On top of a breath of fresh air after many months of confinement, July 2021 came with a wide array of additions to our iconographic collections. Three important donations added significantly to them.


    In early July, the Quebec Gay Archives received many boxes from Denis Lessard, archivist, in which there were books, drawings, periodicals, booklets, bookmarks, newspaper clippings, and varied annotated articles and documents related to homoerotic and gay art. Most notably, this donation includes a portrait of pornographic film actor and producer Al Parker (1952-1992), drawn by Gary Hatcher (1983). This laminated drawing was autographed by Al Parker himself, on the occasion of a visit in Montreal.

    Later, in mid-July, Québec City collector Yves Beauregard donated 686 postcards and a few photographs from many different countries, related to the male figure across the ages. This donation is a wonderful addition to an already extensive postcard collection that Mr. Beauregard began to donate to the AGQ in 2017. The shown postcard should give you an idea of the uniqueness of this collection.

    Still in Mid-July, another donation was entrusted to the Quebec Gay Archives by Bernard Mulaire, a long-time friend of our organization. It consists of a large photograph (more than 1.5 x 1 m of size) showing a couple, André Landry and Alain Bouchard (the latest of whom is seen sitting in an armchair), that would be separated by death soon after the photograph was taken. The artwork is called Je m’ouvre au matin comme l’éveil / Et pourtant j’ai le regard figé sur la fin (1993), title given by Alain Bouchard (1954-1994). André Landry has now been living in Paris for the past 25 years. In addition to this splendid photograph, Mr. Mulaire also donated a series of six photographs (30 x 28 cm), titled Comme la vague (1993), which completes the first artwork. This donation also includes other documents related to André Landry.

    A very warm thank you to these three donors who greatly enriched our iconographic collections.

  • An eventful pride week for the AGQ! (August 16, 2021)
    Pride March, August 15th 2021. Photo: Vincent Beaubien

    This year’s Pride Week was an eventful one for the AGQ.

    Towards the head of this year’s Pride March, on August 15th, the AGQ banner was proudly waved by our contingent of a dozen members. This yearly celebration was once again an opportunity for John Banks to recall the first Montreal Pride March, instigated by him on June 16th 1979. It is with the AGQ that John now celebrates, comfortably seated in a golf cart.

    This was also an occasion for Pierre Pilotte to make the AGQ known to some politicians and members of the Parliament, among them Quebec Ministers Simon Jolin-Barette and Ian Lafrenière. During the march, Pierre Pilotte also connected with members of the ARC (Aînés et retraités de la communauté), as well as with partner organizations from the LGBTQ+ communities.

    Open house, August 14th 2021. Photo: Ian Blair

    On August 14th, Pierre Pilotte and 3 other members of the AGQ (Simone Beaudry-Pilotte, Iain Blair, and Tony Esposito) welcomed a dozen visitors at the open house. Visitors were able to consult a few showcased archives, buy books, and were given a tour of the premises. The quality of the location and installations was appreciated by all. This initiative will certainly be repeated next year.

    On August 12th, Pierre Pilotte and Marion Daigle represented the AGQ at a Community Day stand on Sainte-Catherine Street. They distributed copies of the Archigai and of postcards to visitors. Many students and researchers asked questions and expressed an interest in contributing to the AGQ with volunteer hours when Covid-19 restrictions are fully lifted. As a whole, Community Day was a success.

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