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1000 Atateken, Suite 201-A / Montreal (Quebec) H2L 3K5

About us

Founded in 1983, the Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and preserve any handwritten, printed, visual or audio material which testify to the history of the LGBTQ+ communities of Quebec. Our collections are available for public consultation during our regular opening hours on Thursday evenings between 7 :30 and 9 :30 pm or by appointment.

Our mission

The Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and promote all documentation which relates to the history of LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals in Quebec.

 

To promote the diversity and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people.

 

To continuously update its collection on all aspects of gender and sexuality.

 

To promote research on sexual minorities and gender and recognition of the contribution of the same to the history of Quebec.

An essential role

Through the conservation of archival fonds and collections, by the organization of public events and by welcoming researchers and visitors to its reading room, the Quebec Gay Archives perform an essential role as guardian of LGBTQ+ history and its promoter both locally and abroad.

Services offered

The Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and preserve any handwritten, printed, visual or audio material which testify to the history of the gay and lesbian communities of Quebec. We possess important collections of magazines, newspapers, press clippings, books, video and audio recordings, posters, photos and archival materials. Members of our team are able to assist researchers by referring them to the appropriate materials in our collections. Some finding aids and research tools are also available for public use. Please see the sections “Resources” and “Collections” for an overview.

 

These collections are available for public consultation during our regular opening hours on Thursday evenings between 7 :30 and 9 :30 pm and may also be consulted on an appointment basis by using the Contact section.

  • Gruppo Italiano Gay e Lesbico di Montreal (July 19, 2021)




    Last June, the Quebec Gay Archives received a special gift from Gaspare Borsellino, who became president of the Gruppo Italiano Gay e Lesbico di Montreal (GIGL) in 1996, nine months after its foundation. He remained so until 2001.

    The group had up to 70 members, of which about 20 were women. Its activities ceased in 2006. For about ten years, the group members have collected a wide variety of documentation. In addition to the numerous publications (journals, magazines, brochures, newspapers, etc.), there are several administrative documents from which we can learn a lot about the group’s activities. It is rare to receive a donation from a cultural community. Most of the documents are in French, because this group was mostly focused on what was happening in Montreal, as well as the entire province of Quebec.

    We are thankful for this enriching gift to our collections.













  • Renewed continuity (July 10, 2021)

    On July 4th, the annual general assembly of the Quebec Gay Archives was convened.

    On this occasion, elections were held. There were four (4) positions to be voted on: president, secretary and two (2) advisors. Jacques Prince was re-elected for a two (2) year term as president, as well as Yvon D’Amour as secretary, and Tony Esposito as advisor. The other advisor position is now assumed by a new recruit, the young archivist Fabien Galipeau.

    The continuity is renewed. At this meeting, we also adopted a new version of the General By-Laws. In spite of the difficult months we have just gone through, the assessment of our activities remains very positive. The summer promises to be rich in events, and the future, full of promises.

  • An installation to revisit! (June 29, 2021)

    The Quebec Gay Archives are pleased to participate in the presentation of part of Claude Cormier’s 18 nuances de gai installation at the MEM-Centre des mémoires montréalaises, located at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles. This loan from the AGQ will be exhibited for a few years at the MEM as soon as the center opens in 2022.

  • A departure that leaves a void (June 25, 2021)

    Our friend Fabien, archivist and assistant coordinator at the Quebec Gay Archives, is leaving us for a new position.

    The AGQ board members, employees, and volunteers sincerely thank him for his excellent work, his great professionalism, and his unwavering commitment during the past three years.

    We wish him great success in his career.





  • A generous contribution from the Écomusée du fier monde (June 18, 2021)

    On June 17th, Éric Giroux, director of the Écomusée du fier monde, offered a $550 cheque to the Quebec Gay Archives.

    Following its annual auction, the Ecomusée du fier monde committed to donating half of the selling price of a Jean-Paul Jérôme painting.

    We would like to thank Éric Giroux, director and research and collections official, René Binette, advisor on strategic projects, and Manon Belleville, executive assistant, for their generous contribution.

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