November 2018

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 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.