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A very big thank you to all our donors, because with your help, our 2021 fundraising campaign has broken a yet unmatched record.

We have collected nearly $40 000! This goes to show that the greater LGBTQ2S+ community supports the mission of the Quebec Gay Archives. As such, we can work on projects that have been delayed due to lack of funds. Despite the prevailing gloom, the Quebec Gay Archives are radiating joy.

To each of you, we wish A VERY HAPPY 2022!

Due to the takeover of the omicron variant and the sanitary measures in place to prevent its spread, the Quebec Gay Archives consultation room will be closed to all visitors and researchers.

Our employees will be working from home whenever possible. We hope this interruption will be brief.

Despite the difficult circumstances, we wish all our loyal supporters health and happiness for the new year.

Please take note that the Quebec Gay Archives will be closed for the holiday season starting the 17th of December 2021, and will only reopen on Tuesday, January 4th, in the new year.

For now, the archives can be consulted by appointment only, with a maximum limit of four (4) people at a time, including personnel. Sanitary measures, including hand washing and masks wearing, are enforced. Each person is encouraged to keep a safe distance as much as possible.

The board of directors and the employees of the Archives all wish you a very happy holiday season.

In accordance with Québec public health measures, the AGQ require any visitor to wear a face mask and keep a distance of over a meter for the duration of the consultation. It is also highly recommended to be adequately vaccinated against COVID-19. Any person presenting COVID-19 symptoms will be invited to leave the premises.

Considering the damaging properties of certain hand sanitizers on archival documents, visitors will be asked to wash their hands with soap and water before any handling of the documents.

Some of our readers pointed out that the latest issue of the Archigai was printed on a thicker paper than usual.

That is true. This is on the printer’s own initiative. Some of you may have also heard media reports about the paper shortage the printing industry is currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, our printing company offered to use thicker paper and had the generosity to charge us the regular price for this issue.

We would like to thank MP Steven Guilbeault and MNA Manon Massé for purchasing advertisements in our last Archigai newletter, which made its printing possible.

Rest assured that the Gay Archives of Quebec always spends the money that you donate to us every year in a wise manner.

On the Quebec Gay Archives website, you may have noticed a short stop-motion film titled Parade. This work by Jean-Pierre Fortin is his second collaboration with the Quebec Gay Archives.

The originality of this short film stems from the way it showcases little known objects from our collections, such as pins, matches, condoms, etc. In less than 30 minutes, we can see them pass by in neat ranks. In addition to displaying the diversity of our collections, this short is very playful and interesting.

Jean-Pierre Fortin took it upon himself to support the Archives’ mission by creating photographic and video works that illustrate the memories of LGBTQ2S+ communities in Quebec, all by using our collections. With Parade, we can see that his endeavour was successful.

Photo : Camilla Penzo

On the evening of November 10th, about 30 people attended Rachele Borghi’s conference at the Euguélionne bookstore.

This French researcher, who is currently doing her residency at the Quebec Gay Archives, captivated her audience for two hours as she presented her research on the deconstruction of academic knowledge with the goal of challenging patriarchal domination.

She has recently published Décolonialité et privilège (Éd. Daronnes, 2020), a work in which, from her perspective as a white woman and feminist activist, she traces a path to freedom from the established everyday order.

Françoise Sullivan, Murmure, 2018, etching on acid-free paper. Size: 34 x 33 cm. Print of 20. Artist proof VIII/VIII. Size 61 x 76 cm (24 x 30 in.). Signed and numbered by the artist. Value of the framed artwork: $1750.

A small reminder for our 2021 fundraising campaign which started in October.

Do not forget that on January 21th 2022, there will be a draw for a work graciously donated by the artist Françoise Sullivan, signatory of the 1948 manifesto Refus Global, and, alongside Paul-Émile Borduas, a founding member of the avant-garde group Les Automatistes. She is currently part of a group exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York.

This year, by buying a $75 ticket, you can get a chance to win a work by Françoise Sullivan valued at $1750. You will also receive a tax receipt for your donation and at the same time become a member of the Archives for a year. For a $500 donation, you will receive seven (7) tickets and a series of postal cards by photographer Robert Laliberté.

You can submit your donation online or by filling out this coupon.

This week, the Quebec Gay Archives welcomed Joséphine Loux and Margaux Bruet, two (2) officers of the Consulate general of France.

It is in the context of the project financed by the Office de coopération franco-québécois pour la jeunesse that they met the team of the Quebec Gay Archives. As they discussed the project with our visitors, our coordinator Pierre Pilotte and our archivist Simone Beaudry-Pilotte gave them a visit and as well as an overview of our collections.

It was an interesting meeting.

From left to right: Pierre Pilotte and Simone Beaudry-Pilotte of the AGQ, Joséphine Loux and Margaux Bruet of the Consulate general of France. Photo : Camilla Penzo

The AGQ recently acquired an important addition to the Jean Guilda fonds: photographs, a vinyl record, a CD, periodicals, and an early painting by Guilda, accompanied by a photo of the model.

The archives were donated by Mr. Raynald Bordeleau, who was a friend of the famous female impersonator.

Many thanks to Mr. Bordeleau for this donation.

This October, the Gay Archives of Quebec team welcome V. Samoylenko, who will work with us for the next six months thanks to an Emploi-Québec subsidy. V. Samoylenko has already been working as an assistant archivist for a few days now. In addition to helping Simone Beaudry-Pilotte in her tasks, they will be supporting researchers in their projects.

Having created the exhibit Walls Have Ears in summer 2020 for their internship, V. Samoylenko knows the Gay Archives of Quebec very well, so we are happy to have them back among us.

From the 20th of October until the 14th of November, The Quebec Gay Archives welcome Rachele Borghi, a French researcher, as part of the Programme de coopération franco-québécois, to work on the emotional aspect of archives as well as on rendering visible memories marginalized by dominant discourses.

Her research-creation approach seeks to mobilize memory in the present. With the collaboration of Camilla Penzo, she will seek to understand how to transform past activist experiences into tools of empowerement in our current lives.

For Rachele, the archive is a magical space, a place of interconnectedness between past and present, a marginal space which “offers to one the possibility of radical perspective from which to see and create, to imagine alternatives, new worlds” (bell hooks).

We wish them a very pleasant stay in Montreal.

Vernissage of the exibition Recipe for a Queer Cookbook at McGill University, October 7th 2021. Photo : Kari Kuo. 

During the month of October, the AGQ had the opportunity to promote their collections and services to Montreal’s english universities.

On October 5th, Simone Beaudry-Pilotte gave a presentation in Simon-Pierre Lacasse’s Public History course at Concordia University, attented by approximately 40 students.

On October 7th, Pierre Pilotte was present during the vernissage of the Recipe for a Queer Cookbook exhibition, curated by Alex Ketchum at McGill University. Approximately 30 people were present for this event.

Recently published at Éditions Québec Amérique is a book to which the Quebec Gay Archives brought a modest contribution. The book in question is Serge Fisette’s L’homosexualité masculine au Québec, in which the author, a friend and donor of the Quebec Gay Archives, paints a picture of masculine homosexuality, from the beginnings of French colonisation to today.

Following significant events throughout Québec history, Fisette depicts the evolution of society’s moral and political perceptions of this “disease”.

Although our current era is not perfect, this captivating book allows us to look back on the progresses made, and to be thankful for our present circumstances.