What’s new

On June 19 more than 80 people attended a lecture given by Antoine Idier at the Goethe-Institut of Montreal.  The evening was hosted by Monique Giroux.  Antoine Idier is the author of Archives des mouvements LGBT+ : Une histoire des luttes de 1890 à nos jours, a book about LGBT+ archiving in France.    Jonathan Dorey, PhD, archivist, translator and member of the board of the Quebec Gay Archives gave a short presentation before the lecture on the development of and challenges faces the Archives.  The evening was a great success and we thank those who made the event  possible:  the Fondatin Jasmin Roy/Sophie Desmarais, the Consulat général de France, and of course the Goethe-Institut.

The Quebec Gay Archives are hosting a student intern from April until the end of July 2019.  Fabien Galipeau is finishing his Masters at the School of Library and Information Studies at the Université de Montréal.  Fabien also holds a bachelor’s degree in French-language literature from the same university.  As part of his internship, he will focus principally on archival work and is currently processing several specific “archival fonds”.  The Quebec Gay Archives welcome Fabien to our team for the coming months.

Credit: Fabien Galipeau

The Quebec Gay Archives are moving, but not far. Our offices are relocating one floor higher in the same building at 1000, rue Amherst.

The move will be completed by the end of June. We will continue to welcome researchers during our regular opening hours, Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, until the end of May. It is still suggested to inform us in advance of your visit by email or by telephone (voicemail).

The move will enable us to double the size of our offices, and offer our visitors a more spacious and comfortable work environment.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and your patience. Our operations will have returned to normal by the beginning of September.

From now until then, we wish you a very good summer season.

New address : in the same building but one floor higher. Only the office number will change.

Archives gaies du Québec
1000, rue Amherst, suite 201-a
Montréal (Québec) H1L 3K5

On Saturday April 13, Jacques Prince, co-founder and president of the Quebec Gay Archives, met with ex-members of the now disbanded community group, Diversité Sourds du Québec (DSQ). Jacques Prince took part in this meeting to inform former members of the DSQ of the steps being taken to preserve the organizational papers, transferred to the Quebec Gay Archives at the time of the DSQ’s dissolution.

In the photo, we see Jacques Prince in the foreground to the right of Marc-André Bernier in the plaid shirt, volunteer with the Quebec Gay Archives and person responsible for organization of the DSQ papers.

We thank Mr Bernier who made possible the transfer of the DSQ papers to the Quebec Gay Archives and hence their preservation.

Photo : Kashif Ahmed Bin Arif

The Members of the Board of the Quebec Gay Archives are very pleased to announce that Mr John Banks, a long time friend and devoted volunteer, will receive on May 30 a Phénicia Award. This year the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Quebec is celebrating its 15th anniversary and, in order to mark the occasion, is giving 15 prizes to notable members of the LGBTQ+ communities. The award recipients include, among other, Ariane Moffat, the journalist Richard Burnett, the president and founder of Fierté Montréal Eric Pineault, the founder of Lez Spread the Word Florence Gagnon, and Dax Dasilva, founder and chief executive of Lightspeed.

Members of the Board and volunteers warmly thank John Banks for his many years of activism in the LGBTQ+ communities.

Photo: Emmanuel Galland

Dr Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives, published an article on Queer Quebec in Contemporary French Civilization, a scholarly journal of Liverpool University Press. In the article, the author addresses community archiving in the context of queer and trans perspectives as well as that of contemporary gender theory.


On February 18, the Quebec Gay Archives ended its very successful 2018 fundraising campaign with a draw for the work of art generously donated by artist Louise Roy. The draw was held in the presence of the artist, of Jacques Prince, President of the Québec Gay Archives, of Iain Blair, Vice-President, and of Pierre Pilotte, Archives Coordinator. Daniel Arcand, a long time friend of the Archives and supporter of our fundraising campaigns, was the happy winner of the piece of art. During the draw, Louise Robert announced to us that she would be showing her works at ART PARIS show, to be held in the Grand Palais in Paris, at the beginning of April.

Our 2018 fundraising campaign was a great success and we did meet our objective of $20,000.00. We would like to thank all of our donors, as well as Louise Robert and the Galerie Simon Blais (galeriesimonblais.com) which acts as the artist’s agent.

During the draw at the artist’s studio, from left to right: Louise Robert, Jacques Prince and Iain Blair
Photo: Pierre Pilotte

Presentation of the work to Daniel Arcand on the left with Jacques Prince in the center and Iain Blair.
Photo: Daniel Thérien

Mr Léopold L. Foulem, an internationally recognized ceramic artist, was recently awarded the Order of Canada. Mr Foulem has contributed for the past several years to the fundraising campaign of the Archives. The members of the Board of Directors, employees and volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives congratulate Mr Foulem for this much deserved honour. Mr Foulem was one of the artists shown at the McCord Museum in 2015 as part of the exhibition Camp Fires: Le baroque Queer, along with Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette.

Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger

The members of the Board of the Quebec Gay Archives thank the estate of the late Frank W. Remiggi for its generous financial donation. Professor Remiggi, a long time friend and supporter of the Archives, passed away in September 2018. We thank his family and most particularly his sister, Maria Remiggi.

We would also like to thank Gregg Blachford and David McGillivray, who organized a benefit event in their own home in early December as part of the Quebec Gay Archive’s annual fundraising campaign. It proved to be a very beneficial event for the organization.

Finally, we thank the family of the late Jacques Pétrin, and most particularly his daughter Julie Pétrin, for their gift of selected books, publications and DVDs from the collections of the deceased.

Dr Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives, received on December 19 2018 the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal from the Honorable Serge Joyal on behalf of the Speaker of the Senate. Dr Higgins received this commemorative medal in recognition of his years of service to the community.

Congratulations Ross.

From left to right, Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Archives gaies du Québec and recipient of the medal, the Honourable Serge Joyal and Jacques Prince, co-founder of the Archives gaies du Québec and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Photo Credit: Sara Teinturier

The obverse of the medal bears the Senate emblem and the reverse illustrates the Senate Chamber. A space is provided for the name of the recipient.


Each fall, the Archives hold its annual fundraising campaign.  Once again this year, we are offering a grand prize of a work of art to those who support our mission financially.

The Quebec Gay Archives had been more active than ever this year, both in terms of work in our collections and public events which celebrate our 35 years of existence.  All our activities this year have only taken place thanks to you, the generous members of our community.

As our organization receives no sustained funding from public sources or private foundations, we turn to you once again in order to continue our mission.


A message from Jacques Prince, President of the Quebec Gay Archives:

For 35 years now, the Quebec Gay Archives have acquired, conserved and promoted materials that records the history of LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations.  Researchers and visitors from Quebec and from abroad come to consult our varied collections and archival records while the organization simultaneously organizes events and expositions centred on our materials and our mission.  In this 35th year of our existence, our importance has been acknowledged by articles in Fugues, Le Devoir, La Presse Plus, The Montreal Gazette, Le Lien Multimédia and L’Itinéraire

All of these activities can only happen thanks to the determination of a dedicated group of volunteers as well as to the donations and support offered by a rich and diverse community.  The financial support which you offer each year during our fundraising campaign permits us to maintain our mission, to affirm our collective presence and to ensure the transmission to future generations of our rich history.

Each and every donation, no matter how large or small, is of great importance to us.  A tax receipt is offered for every donation of $25 or more.  This year, as part of our fundraising campaign, we can offer for each cumulative donation of $50 a chance to win the draw for a framed artwork by painter Louise Robert, with an estimated value of $4000.00.

We are relying on you and your ongoing support to allow us to continue our essential work.  The members of the board as well as the many volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives thank you in advance for your generosity.

You can now make your donation securely on line at agq.qc.ca/en/make-a-donation or, as always, with the attached donation form (page 3 in English).

Louise Robert, « No 827 », November 2013
Oil, colored pencils and graphite on paper, 51 cm x 61cm / approx. 20 x 24 inches
Photo Credit: Guy L’Heureux. All right reserved.
The artist is represented by Galerie Simon Blais.

JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
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.

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).

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.

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


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.

Read More: PDF (article in French only)

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:

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