June 2018

The Quebec Gay Archives have contributed to an exhibition which will be presented in three Quebec museums in 2018-2019:  InterReconnaissance – Une mémoire citoyenne se raconte.

« Solidarity, dignity, violence, marginalization, visibility, creativity, alternative…  These words describe the theme of the exhibition which allows us to explore a half century of struggle for recognition of the rights of marginalized groups » (translation from French: I.B.).

Many items drawn from the collections of the Quebec Gay Archives are now on loan to this exhibition.

-Photograph: Demonstration against police brutality towards the Montreal gay community, 1976.
-Photograph: Façade of the Bookstore L’Androgyne, 1979.
-Document: First edition of the magazine, Le Berdache, 1979.
-Document: Charter of the Association pour les droits des gai(e)s du Québec – ADGQ (loan of original document).
-Press clipping: Omnibus Bill, 1969 – Decriminalization of homosexuality.
-Poster: Outgames Montreal, 2006.
-Poster: Stonewall40 – Commemoration of the New York gay community demonstrations of 1969.
-Program: Image & Nation Film Festival, 1988.
-Poster: RÉZO

The InterReconnaissance – Une mémoire citoyenne se raconte exhibition was developed by the Écomusée du fier monde (Montréal).

A people’s history museum, the Écomusée du fiers monde invites you to explore little known aspects of Montreal’s culture. Discover the daily life of ordinary people and explore the inspiring paths of popular and community organizations. Come see the exhibitions at the Écomusée and the former Généreux public bath, a magnificent example of 1920s architecture.



– From June 14 to August 26 2018: Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup

– From September 6 2018 to February 3 2019: Écomusée du fier monde, Montréal
Opening: September 5 2018

– Winter/Spring 2019 (dates to be confirmed): Musée POP – Quebec’s Folk Culture (formerly Musée québécois de culture populaire), Trois-Rivières

Credit: Façade of the bookstore L’Androgyne, 1979 (Fonds Androgyne, AGQ, 2/2, ch. 187)

The Quebec Gay Archives is happy to announce that it has received the support of Fierté Montréal for two activities.

Fierté Montréal has chosen to support financially our August event, “THE QUEBEC GAY ARCHIVES AT THE CINÉMA DU PARC” and include it in the festival’s official program.

– The event include a free public exhibition of posters on HIV/AIDS, in the lobby of the Cinéma du Parc (noon to 8:30 pm every day, Free entrance).

– In the evening of 15 August, attendees will benefit from a lecture given by Gabriel Girard as well as the premiere of the documentary film, “John Banks – Une vie d’engagement” (entry fee of $15, taxes included).

– In addition, Fierté Montréal shows its support to the Quebec Gay Archives this year with its Programme de bourses communautaires, which will permit the organization to broaden its outreach with new communication strategies.

Join us at the Cinéma du Parc in the month of August!
The Quebec Gay Archives thanks Fugues for its partnership.

And take part in all the activities of Fierté Montréal, from August 9 to 19 2018!
Come to meet us at the Quebec Gay Archives’ kiosk during Community Day: Saturday August 18, 11 am to 5 pm, free access.

Held June 10 2018, during the annual general assembly of the Quebec Gay Archives, five out of a total of nine board members were elected.

Board members elected were: Iain Blair (vice-president), Raymond Thibault (treasurer), Jonathan Dorey (councillor no.3), Alexandre Fortier (councillor no.4) and Robert Tessier (councillor no.5).

On even years, five positions on the Board are open for election, and on odd years the remaining four.

The Board of the Quebec Gay Archives is currently composed of:
Jacques Prince: President
Iain Blair: Vice President
Yvon D’Amour: Secretary
Raymond Thibault: Treasurer
Julie Podmore: Councillor no 1
Tony Esposito: Councillor no 2
Jonathan Dorey: Councillor no 3
Alexandre Fortier: Councillor no 4
Robert Tessier: Councillor no 5

Ross Higgins chose to not stand for re-election this year. Co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives in 1983, he has chosen to leave the Board while continuing to be an active member of the Archives.

The new Board of the Quebec Gay Archives. From left to right: Raymond Thibault, Iain Blair, Yvon D’Amour, Tony Esposito, Jacques Prince, Alexandre Fortier, Jonathan Dorey and Robert Tessier. Absent: Julie Podmore (Councillor no 1).

Photo: Ross Higgins

On June 11 Jacques Prince, president and co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives, was invited to speak on France’s Radio Nova along with Pierre Pilotte, Archives coordinator. Hosts Edouard Baer and Camille Diao spoke to their guests from their open-air studio at the Francofolies festival. Radio Nova’s morning show Plus près de toi attracts a daily average of 500,000 French listeners and, with this week’s visit to the Francofolies, took the opportunity to invite local social and cultural figures to the show.

The interview can be found in the second half of the podcast :

From left to right : Edouard Baer, host (actor and director), Jacques Prince (president and co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives) and Pierre Pilotte (Archives coordinator).

Photo : Camille Diao (Radio Nova).