Office/Reading Room

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.

  • A day like no other (May 13, 2022)

    This upcoming May 17 will be the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

    Organized by Fondation Émergence, the campaign this year will revolve around the repercussions of violence on the life expectancy of LGBTQ2S+ people.

    Recognized in numerous countries, this day is an opportunity to educate the public about the difficulties LGBTQ2S+ people face in their everyday life and to urge governments to consolidate LGBTQ2S+ rights, as well as to put pressure on the 111 countries that are hostile to LGBTQ2S+ people. No one should live in fear due to their sexual orientation or gender. In some countries, murders of LGBTQ2S+ people are far too common, only to be ignored by police and politicians.

    A thought for all these victims of hate and intolerance.

  • A man of great merit (May 13, 2022)

    In the latest issue of the literary magazine Nuit Blanche, you can find a very interesting article about one of our long-term donors, Bernard Mulaire. This art historian hailing from Manitoba is also an LGBTQ+ rights activist. He has recently donated a photograph to the Archives gaies du Québec, entitled Je m’ouvre au matin comme l’éveil / Et pourtant j’ai le regard figé sur la fin. In the article from Nuit Blanche magazine, we can retrace his life, his work, and his determination to take the road less travelled. To know him better, it is also possible to read his most recent book, Flâneries et souvenances, published in 2018.

  • An auction for a good cause! (May 6, 2022)
    From left to right : Isabelle Renaud, Auberge du cœur le Tournant; France Cantin, membre du comité de l’encan bénéfice; Coralie Desjardins, Fondation Mères avec pouvoir; Pierre Pilotte, Archives gaies du Québec; Eric Giroux, Écomusée du fier monde.
    Photo : Daphnée Bouchard / Photographie Muséologie

    As the Écomusée du fier monde displayed the works they put up for their annual auction on April 27th, Pierre Pilotte, representing the Archives gaies du Québec, made a short presentation of our organisation’s mission in front of approximately 125 people. He also graciously thanked the Écomusée for having offered the Archives gaies du Québec 50% of the sale price of an auctioned work by Québecoise artist Betty Goodwin.

    Oeuvre dont l’Écomusée du Fier Monde partagera les profits de la vente avec les AGQ:
    Betty Goodwin, Note book’87, 1999
    sérigraphie, CA I/II, 57 x 76 cm

    Please note that the event in question is a virtual charity auction that will be online until May 8th. Bids will be accepted until 8PM, May 8, 2022.

    This auction allows the Écomusée to finance its activities in order to fulfill its double mandate of a history and a community museum. To support the museum’s mission, we invite you to place a bid on one of the works offered here.

  • A fruitful collaboration (April 12, 2022)


    To kick off the month of April, the Quebec Gay Archives (AGQ) participated in Concordia University’s History in the Making conference, a yearly event organized by Concordia graduate students. The conference is an opportunity for young university students around the continent and the globe to present their work and receive feedback from experts to perfect their work.

    On April 1st, the AGQ opened the conference, before ceding the floor to keynote speaker Ann Cvetkovich, author of An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke University Press). V. Samoylenko, assistant archivist at the Quebec Gay Archives, presented our organization in French first, then followed with English.

    After Ann Cvetkovich’s presentation, a first panel of four university students presented their research, among them Simone Beaudry-Pilotte, our esteemed archivist, as well as Kiersten van Vliet and Mark Hamilton, two researchers who frequently visit our collections. Simone spoke about the AGQ’s VHS collection, encouraging us not only to think about the value of the contents of the cassettes, but also about the value of the physical object itself, and the beauty of its impermanence.

    The conference was a success. This first panel received 35 in-person attendees as well as around 20 more through zoom. During the two days, we distributed postcards, copies of Archigai and information sheets.

    we wish to thank the organizers of the History in the Making conference for this opportunity, which offered us support and visibility. It was a lovely occasion to share knowledge and to continue shedding a light on LGBTQ2S+ communities in Quebec.

  • Even on vacation! (April 12, 2022)

    During a short but restful trip to Florida last week, Pierre Pilotte never completely stopped thinking about the AGQ. As an expert in his field, he took the opportunity to network on behalf of the AGQ by, among other things, visiting Fort Lauderdale’s World AIDs Museum. There, he received a warm welcome as well as a guided tour. One day, perhaps, the AGQ will have their own museum!





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