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For a period of six months, beginning February 1st 2023, the Archives gaies du Québec will place a moratorium on acquisitions.

This pause will be an opportunity for our team to evaluate the remaining space in our offices as well as review our procedures, in order to better accept future donations.

You can still contact us if you wish to make an archival material donation to the AGQ. We will take note of your offer and contact you after August 1st, 2023.

In spite of the post-pandemic inflationary surge, our 2022 fundraising campaign was a success. We have accumulated over $40,000.

We are very grateful for all this thanks to your generosity.

The endpoint of this campaign took place on January 16th, when we drew the name for the fundraiser raffle. Maria Remiggi won the photograph generously donated by Robert Laliberté.

The draw took place online, in the presence of Yves Lafontaine, director of Fugues magazine, Jacques Prince, president of the Archives gaies du Québec, Pierre Pilotte, coordinator of the Archives gaies du Québec, and Jonathan Proulx-Guimond, coordination and communications assistant.

We want to extend our warmest thanks to all of our donators and Robert Laliberté.

And our congratulations to Maria Remiggi!

Photo: Simon Blais. Painter Louise Robert and her spouse, art historian Lise Lamarche (left)September 2022

In the beginning of November, we have learned with a heavy heart that Louise Robert, a friend of the Archive gaies du Québec who had generously donated a work for our fundraising campaign of 2018, has passed away.

A renowned painter, her works were exhibited in many cities, including Montreal, Québec, Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Paris. Her works can be found in many private collections as well as Canadian museums.

We are sending courage and resilience to Lise Lamarche, her partner of 44 years.

Recently, François Bellemare, a friend and donor of the Archives gaies du Québec, published a novel entitled La renaissance de L’Interlope through publisher Sémaphore.

Described as a « great surprise of the literary season» by Benoît Migneault of magazine Fugues, this family saga takes place over a period of over 150 years in the Faubourg Saint-Laurent, a neighbourhood situated between the Red Light District and the Gay Village.

It reads with a smile and some winces.

The time capsule project that seeks to commemorate the stories of people living with HIV/AIDS, undertaken by Denis Cormier Piché, will be extended until March 2023. People will be able to give anonymous testimony through stories, photographs, images, drawings or poems about the répercussions HIV/AIDS has on their day-to-day life. The capsules will be sealed and kept intact until their unveiling in 2047. This project is in partnership with the Archives gaies du Québec

Following the fundraising exhibit of Robert Laliberté’s photographs at the Écomusée du fier monde between October 21 and 23, the works are now exhibited in the consultation room of the Archives gaies du Québec.

They can be seen on our website or in person by taking an appointment with Pierre Pilotte by email at pierre.pilotte27@gmail.com

It is a perfect opportunity to offer an original gift that will show off your good taste and will appreciate in value with years to come.

LGBT2SQ+ film festival Image+Nation is celebrating its 35th anniversary! The Archives gaies du Québec are proud to contribute to this year’s program, with the video Once Upon a Time in the Gay Village. This short video features René LeBoeuf’s photographs, which are conserved in the AGQ’s collections, in order to tell the story of the creation of the Parc de l’espoir.

The festival will take place from November 17th to 27th 2022. For the full program, visit the festival’s official page.

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is presenting a retrospective of photographer Evergon’s work, entitled Evergon.Theatres of the Intimate. from October 20th 2022 to April 2023.

Over 230 photgraphs from the artist, whose career spans over 50 years, will be exhibited. This generous donor to the Archives gaies du Québec dedicated his art to defend sexual, gender, and body diversity.

Do not miss it!

Pierre Pilotte recently spent three days in New York City, and took this opportunity to contact LGBTQ+ organizations in the Big Apple. Among others, he met Lou McCarthy, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, usually known as The Center.

These were fruitful meetings for the Archives gaies du Québec.

After the success of Robert Laliberté’s photo exhibit at the Écomusée, we decided to showcase the remaining pictures in our office and to continue their sale.

If you are interested in purchasing the works we have on display, you can schedule a meeting with Pierre Pilotte via email at pierre.pilotte27@gmail.com

We want to thank Robert Laliberté for his generous donation for our 2022 fundraising campaign.

October has been an eventful month! On Octobre 26th, a vernissage for an exhibition on Student and Staff LGBTQ+ Activism at McGill took place at the university’s McLennan Library. The Archives gaies du Québec, which conserve many archival collections related to LGBTQ+ student organizations, loaned posters for the exhibition. Other LGBTQ+ documentation centers collaborated to this event, organized by Dr. Alex Ketchum, including the Archives lesbiennes du Québec, McGill University’s Archives, and Biblioqueer. The AGQ’s team was there for the event to say a few words on our organization.

On October 16th, the Archives gaies du Québec held a small evening at their offices to celebrate the donation of André Landry’s photograph, Je m’ouvre au matin comme l’éveil / Et pourtant j’ai le regard figé sur la fin. The artwork in question depicts André Landry and his partner Alain, a few months before the latter’s death from complications of HIV/AIDS. A few members of the AGQ were there for the event, as well as four friends of André and Alain, who often met at their apartment in the Village in the early 90s. A very moving reunion.

For more details on the photograph, we invite you to read Bernard Mulaire’s article in the Archigai, no. 31, p. 5.

A festive gathering took place at the Écomusée du fier monde on October 21st, for the vernissage of Robert Laliberté’s exhibition.

This event was an occasion to celebrate the talented photographer’s career of 45 years. He announced during the evening that the totality of his photographic work, comprised of 200 000 negatives, contact sheets, slides, and prints, will be donated to the Archives gaies du Québec.

The event was also the launch of the Archives gaies du Québec’s annual fundraiser. This year, one of Robert Laliberté’s photographs, À fleur de peau (2011), will be the prize. Our warmest thanks and congratulations to this generous donor.

On October 29th, join the Archives gaies du Québec for a Wikipédia editing workshop. This workshop is intended for novices and experienced Wikipedia editors alike. It will provide tools and documentation for participants to enrich French Wikipédia’s pages relating to Québec LGBTQ2S+ history.

The event will be hosted by Michael David Miller, Wikipedia editor and librarian, supported by Simone Beaudry-Pilotte, archivist at the Archives gaies du Québec (AGQ). Suggested entries to be edited will be drawn from the AGQ’s collections, made available for consultation during the workshop.

There is no fee required to attend this event, organized as part of the Disrupting Disruptions: Feminist and Accessible Publishing, Communications, and Technology conference series. Bring a laptop. The workshop is in French and in-person at the AGQ’s offices.

           REGISTER HERE

WHERE : Archives gaies du Québec
1000, Atateken, suite 201-A
Montréal QC H2L 3K5

WHEN : October 29th, 2022 – 1 pm