Office/Reading Room

1000 Amherst (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.

  • The Quebec Gay Archives temporarily closed (April 24, 2020)

    Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the offices of the Quebec Gay Archives have been closed since March 25 2020.  We know that the times are, and will continue to be, difficult for the LGBTQ+ community.  We were as disappointed as you to learn of the cancellation of the 2020 Montreal Pride Festival (La Fierté), an event that has become an important feature in the yearly calendar of LGBTQ+ organizations as well as the local businesses of Montreal’s Gay Village.

    We send you all our best wishes and will inform you as soon as we are able to open our offices once again.

    In solidarity,

    The team of the Quebec Gay Archives

  • A successful conclusion to our 2019 fundraising campaign (February 11, 2020)

    On January 30 at the Galerie Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, the Quebec Gay Archives held a draw for the work generously donated by artist Kent Monkman.  Held in the presence of gallery owner Pierre-François Ouellette, vice-president of the Quebec Gay Archives Iain Blair and AGQ coordinator Pierre Pilotte, this event marked the conclusion of our 2019 fundraising campaign.  We congratulate donor and friend of the Archives Gregg Blachford, who won the piece by Kent Monkman.

    We would like to thank all our donors for their generosity, without which the 2019 campaign could not have been such a great success.  We exceeded our objective of $20,000 by some $5000.  Our warmest thanks also to the Galerie Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (www.pfoac.com) and of course artist Kent Monkman (www.kentmonkman.com). 

    Mr. Pierre-François Ouellette with Iain Blair during the draw. Photo: Fabien Galipeau
    Mr. Gregg Blachford with his husband, Mr. David McGillivray. Photo: Jonathan Proulx Guimond

  • A New Team Member! (February 11, 2020)

    Jonathan Proulx Guimond, a recent graduate in visual and media arts at Laval University, joined the team of the Quebec Gay Archives at the end of January as communications assistant.  He has been hired for six months thanks to a grant from Emploi Québec’s work experience program.  He will help manage our communications programs and participate in our upcoming fundraising campaign as well as compile a press review and update the organization’s website.

  • A New Acquisition! (November 1, 2019)

    The year 1967 was a notable one for Montreal. Expo covered all aspects of the city. Lorne Haliday and André Laflamme opened a bar on Drummond Street between Ste Catherine and Maisonneuve, next to Concordia University and down the street from McGill. The Taureau d’Or got running on the 3rd of July. It was a going concern with the students. Unfortunately, when expo closed in the fall, their clientele went with the wind. That’s when it became gay. By 1968, it was THE bar in Montreal. Even in the middle of winter, there were line-ups to Ste. Catherine. On entering the club face a fireplace. A top on the wall was a large circular copper ecusson (90 cm across) of a minotaur embossed. It is the work of André Laflamme and now hangs in Archives gaies du Québec, a gift from George Sarakinis.

    The Taureau d’Or’s badge. Photo: Fabien Galipeau

  • 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

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