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JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
Summary
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.

PREMIER OF THE FILM
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).

ABOUT JOHN BANKS
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.

ABOUT ALEXIS BARIBEAULT
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

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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.

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.

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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.

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:
https://llm.umontreal.ca/repertoire-departement/vue/schwartzwald-robert-2

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

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

www.gabriel-girard.net/sida-enjeux-de-memoire-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.

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 :
http://agq.qc.ca/en/2018/06/27/2018-2019-the-archives-on-tour-in-quebec-museums

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.

On Saturday August 25 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives participated for the first time in Fière la Fête: “Célébration de la diversité en Estrie / Pride”.

Along with many other national, regional and local organizations gathered in Sherbrooke, the three representatives of the Archives staffed a kiosque under the big tent set up beside the Marché de la Gare and Lac des Nations.

The goal of the Sherbrooke Community Day was to be a family-friendly event welcoming to all and highlighting the community organizations of the Eastern Townships.

FIÈRE LA FÊTE was a unique opportunity for the Quebec Gay Archives to network with other community groups as well as to collect regional materials for our files.  Visitors to our table learned about the history and role of the organization and the richness of our collections.

As Iain Blair, vice-president of the Quebec Gay Archives, summarized:  “A very positive energy and a generally young and feminine crowd.  I think that our participation was extremely positive in terms of visibility”.

From left to right: Jonathan Dorey (archivist and councillor), Emmanuel Galland (assistant coordinator) and Iain Blair (vice-president of the Board).
Photo Credit: D.R. / Archives gaies du Québec. All rights reserved.

Once again this year the team of the Quebec Gay Archives took part in several of the activities of Fierté Montréal Pride during the month of August.

The “Quebec Gay Archives at Cinéma du Parc” was an event in two parts presented at the Cinéma du Parc with the support of and during Fierté Montréal Pride.
– From August 1 to 31 2018, an exhibition in the lobby of the cinema was composed of 26 posters on HIV/Aids, selected from the approximately 600 posters held by the Quebec Gay Archives.  More than 14,000 people visited this exhibition, with free admission seven days a week.
– On August 15 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives held a two-part public presentation in Salle 2, at the Cinéma du Parc.
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.
The evening began with a lecture by sociologist Gabriel Girard entitled “Sida, enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de savoirs”*.
Following the lecture, the public was treated to the premier of the film “John Banks, une vie d’engagement”.  This film was produced by the Quebec Gay Archives as part of an internship held by Alexis Baribeault (director of the movie).

The Archives also received a community award from the Fierté Montréal Pride organization in order to produce a new promotional postcard highlighting a photo of the famous Guilda drawn from our collections, a new banner as well as newly designed T-shirts.  Jean Logan, our long-time graphic designer, worked on all of these materials as well as those of the events at the Cinéma du Parc.

The Archives participated, as usual, in the annual Community Day on August 18  with its own kiosk and were well represented in the 34th annual Pride Parade, held August 19th.  Members of the group marched proudly beneath our new banner.

The Quebec Gay Archives thanks Fierté Montréal Pride for its ongoing support.

* You can find the full text (in French) of Gabriel Girard’s lecture on his website: www.gabriel-girard.net/sida-enjeux-de-memoire-enjeux-de-savoirs

From left to right: Richard Lafontaine (volunteer), Ross Higgins (cofounder and volunteer), Tony Esposito (member of the board), John Banks (volunteer),
Jacques Prince (cofounder and chief of the board), plus a volunteer from Fierté Montréal Pride.
Also part of our team: Alexis Lemieux (volunteer) and other friends from Quebec Gay Archives.
Photo Credit: André Querry / AGQ. All rights reserved.

On August 15 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives held a two-part event at the Cinéma du Parc.  Gabriel Girard and John Banks were the two guests of honour.

The lecture and film screening, along with the poster exhibition (held August 1-31), were part an event “The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc!” celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Archives.

The evening began with a lecture by sociologist Gabriel Girard entitled
Sida, enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de saviors”.  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. A question period with the general public followed his presentation.

Following the lecture and a short appearance by John Banks, the subject of « John Banks, une vie d’engagement » (46 min., 2018), the public was treated to the premier of the film.  John Banks shone during this testimonial of a rich and interesting life.  This film was produced by the Quebec Gay Archives as part of an internship held by Alexis Baribeault (as director of the movie).

Who is John Banks?  Born in Montreal, John Banks has been a noteworthy activist for several decades.  As well as being the personal secretary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich, he has been involved with a great many LGBTQ+ community organizations over the years.  John Banks currently devotes a great deal of his time to the Quebec Gay Archives.

You can find the full text (in French) of Gabriel Girard’s lecture on his website: www.gabriel-girard.net/sida-enjeux-de-memoire-enjeux-de-savoirs

The Cinéma du Parc was a sponsor of “Les AGQ au Cinéma du Parc!” along with Fierté Montréal, 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.

“The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc!”, Wednesday, August 15 2018.
Upper: Gabriel Girard during his conference (Salle 2, Cinéma du Parc).
Down: Alexis Baribeault and John Banks.
Photo Credit: André Bilodeau / Fierté Montréal. All rights reserved.

From August 1 to 31 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives held an exhibition in the lobby of the Cinéma du Parc in Montréal.

This exhibition, as well as the lecture and film showing of August 15, comprised the “Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc!”, organized to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the organization.  More than 14,000 people participated in the event, with free admission seven days a week.

This exhibition is composed of 26 posters on HIV/Aids, selected from the approximately 600 posters held by the Quebec Gay Archives.  They were chosen to represent a large plurality of experiences, depicting men, women and children of many origins.  The graphic approaches are rich and varied, reflecting their times of creation, their national origins and above all the goals of the organizations which created them.  The selection was made by exhibition coordinators Pierre Pilotte and Emmanuel Galland.

This exhibition was inspired by the work of Ross Higgins (cofounder of the Archives) and Philip Lewis, who in the past created larger scale poster exhibitions drawn from the HIV/Aids collection of the Quebec Gay Archives.

The Cinéma du Parc was evidently the major partner of the « Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc! », but we should also recognize the sponsorships of Fierté Montréal, Fugues and several private donors.

The Quebec Gay Archives thanks Guy L’Heureux for having documented the exhibition.  We also thank Fierté Montréal for kindly sending its official photographer, André Bilodeau, to record the events of the evening of August 15.

Photo Credit: André Bilodeau / Fierté Montréal (upper), Guy L’Heureux / AGQ (down).
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In July and August 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives was honoured by two articles in Lien MULTIMÉDIA – le portail des professionnels du numérique.

These articles covered “The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc”, an event including both an exhibition of posters on HIV/Aids as well as a lecture and film showing.

It was also the first media exposure for Alexis Baribeault, with both a profile of and an interview with the filmmaker. Alexis is the producer of “JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement” and was an intern at the Quebec Gay Archives in 2017-2018.

A first experience in production for Alexis Baribeault with “John Banks, une vie d’engagement”

« (…) 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

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The Québec Gay Archives are 35 years old and invest the Cinéma du Parc in August

« (…) Les Archives gaies du Québec possèdent plus de 600 affiches sur le sida produites à travers le monde. De cette collection, une vingtaine d’affiches sont exposées au Cinéma du Parc. (…) »
– Lien MULTIMÉDIA – le portail des professionnels du numérique au Québec, « Les Archives gaies du Québec ont 35 ans et investissent le Cinéma du Parc en août », 27 juillet 2018

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Poster for the movie: « JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement »
Source: Archives gaies du Québec. All rights reserved.

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– Jusqu’au 31 août – Exposition d’affiches sur le sida issues des collections des Archives gaies du Québec dans le Hall du Cinéma du Parc (accès libre tous les jours de midi à 20 h 30)
http://cinemaduparc.com/fr/exposition-en-cours

– Le mercredi 15 août (15 $ taxes incl.) – SOIRÉE DES AGQ :
19 h – CONFÉRENCE de Gabriel Girard – « VIH/sida en contextes francophones : enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de savoir »
19 h 45 – PROJECTION EN PREMIÈRE DU FILM « JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement » réalisé par Alexis Baribeault (Salle 2)
http://cinemaduparc.com/fr/film/john-banks-une-vie-d-engagement_fr

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Crédit : Fugues, « Archives vivantes, Histoire de nos communautés et du sida – Une conférence, un documentaire et une exposition durant la Fierté », août 2018, Volume 35, Numéro 5, Page 152

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Entrevues avec Jacques Prince – cofondateur et président, Jonathan Dorey, archiviste et coadministrateur, Pierre Pilotte – coordonnateur des AGQ.

LE DEVOIR, « Homosexualité, une histoire vieille comme le monde », Caroline Montpetit, samedi 4 août 2018, Cahier D, 5 photos (Catherine Legault)

« Dans la tradition amérindienne, les « berdaches » sont des individus dont le genre, féminin ou masculin, n’est pas « conforme » au reste de la société. Dans le cas des Amérindiens, on parle aussi de bispiritualité. C’est dire que l’homosexualité, entre autres, a une longue histoire en Amérique.

Pourtant, dès l’arrivée des colons français en Amérique, l’homosexualité est réprimée et punie par la loi… »

POUR LIRE L’ARTICLE AU COMPLET :
www.ledevoir.com/lire/533692/homosexualite-une-histoire-vieille-comme-le-monde
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Jacques Prince
Crédit photo : Catherine Legault, Le Devoir. Le président et cofondateur des Archives gaies du Québec, Jacques Prince, raconte en images la mission et l’histoire de l’organisme.

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LA PRESSE PLUS, Section ARTS, écran 4, « Le souvenir des matraques », Mario Girard, lundi 13 août 2018

« (…) Si on peut aujourd’hui raconter cette histoire, si on peut comprendre la longue et difficile lutte menée par de courageux activistes, c’est en grande partie grâce aux Archives gaies du Québec, organisme créé en 1983 par Jacques Prince et Ross Higgins.
Je suis allé rencontrer ces deux hommes passionnés et bavards dans les locaux que l’AGQ occupe dans la rue Amherst.
(…) »

POUR LIRE L’ARTICLE AU COMPLET :

http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/2cb2184e-5d0c-4422-b38e-aa09a3a55e8e__7C___0.html?utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Internal+Share&utm_content=Screen
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It is with sadness that board members and volunteers have learned about the death of Frank Remiggi, a friend and donor of the Quebec Gay Archives.

M. Frank W. Remiggi
1951 – 2018

Passed away in Montreal, on September 3rd, following a long and debilitating illness. Formerly a professor of geography at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he completed his undergraduate degree (joint-honours anthropology and geography) at McGill University, after which he attended the Memorial University of Newfoundland where he undertook a Master’s degree in historical geography. He returned subsequently to McGill where he obtained his PhD. Initially a sessional lecturer at McGill’s French-Canadian Studies Center, he began his long UQAM career in September 1978, retiring in June 2012.

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The Montreal Gazette, ‘’Montreal Pride shows its true colours – From RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni to the big parade, this year’s celebrations are billed as the largest LGBTQ Pride in Canada with good reason’’, Richard Burnett, August 9 2018

READ MORE:
https://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/local-arts/montreal-pride-shows-its-true-colours?video_autoplay=true

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Video : « Two Solitudes: Fighting for LGBT rights in Montreal » with Ross Higgins, 3:07