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Once again this year the team of the Quebec Gay Archives took part in several of the activities of Fierté Montréal Pride during the month of August.

The “Quebec Gay Archives at Cinéma du Parc” was an event in two parts presented at the Cinéma du Parc with the support of and during Fierté Montréal Pride.
– From August 1 to 31 2018, an exhibition in the lobby of the cinema was composed of 26 posters on HIV/Aids, selected from the approximately 600 posters held by the Quebec Gay Archives.  More than 14,000 people visited this exhibition, with free admission seven days a week.
– On August 15 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives held a two-part public presentation in Salle 2, at the Cinéma du Parc.
The lecture and film screening, along with the poster exhibition held August 1-31, were part an event celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Quebec Gay Archives.
The evening began with a lecture by sociologist Gabriel Girard entitled “Sida, enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de savoirs”*.
Following the lecture, the public was treated to the premier of the film “John Banks, une vie d’engagement”.  This film was produced by the Quebec Gay Archives as part of an internship held by Alexis Baribeault (director of the movie).

The Archives also received a community award from the Fierté Montréal Pride organization in order to produce a new promotional postcard highlighting a photo of the famous Guilda drawn from our collections, a new banner as well as newly designed T-shirts.  Jean Logan, our long-time graphic designer, worked on all of these materials as well as those of the events at the Cinéma du Parc.

The Archives participated, as usual, in the annual Community Day on August 18  with its own kiosk and were well represented in the 34th annual Pride Parade, held August 19th.  Members of the group marched proudly beneath our new banner.

The Quebec Gay Archives thanks Fierté Montréal Pride for its ongoing support.

* You can find the full text (in French) of Gabriel Girard’s lecture on his website: www.gabriel-girard.net/sida-enjeux-de-memoire-enjeux-de-savoirs

From left to right: Richard Lafontaine (volunteer), Ross Higgins (cofounder and volunteer), Tony Esposito (member of the board), John Banks (volunteer),
Jacques Prince (cofounder and chief of the board), plus a volunteer from Fierté Montréal Pride.
Also part of our team: Alexis Lemieux (volunteer) and other friends from Quebec Gay Archives.
Photo Credit: André Querry / AGQ. All rights reserved.

On August 15 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives held a two-part event at the Cinéma du Parc.  Gabriel Girard and John Banks were the two guests of honour.

The lecture and film screening, along with the poster exhibition (held August 1-31), were part an event “The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc!” celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Archives.

The evening began with a lecture by sociologist Gabriel Girard entitled
Sida, enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de saviors”.  Dr Girard is a member of  CREMIS (Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités sociales et les discriminations).  He is currently employed by the Direction régionale de santé publique. A question period with the general public followed his presentation.

Following the lecture and a short appearance by John Banks, the subject of « John Banks, une vie d’engagement » (46 min., 2018), the public was treated to the premier of the film.  John Banks shone during this testimonial of a rich and interesting life.  This film was produced by the Quebec Gay Archives as part of an internship held by Alexis Baribeault (as director of the movie).

Who is John Banks?  Born in Montreal, John Banks has been a noteworthy activist for several decades.  As well as being the personal secretary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich, he has been involved with a great many LGBTQ+ community organizations over the years.  John Banks currently devotes a great deal of his time to the Quebec Gay Archives.

You can find the full text (in French) of Gabriel Girard’s lecture on his website: www.gabriel-girard.net/sida-enjeux-de-memoire-enjeux-de-savoirs

The Cinéma du Parc was a sponsor of “Les AGQ au Cinéma du Parc!” along with Fierté Montréal, Fugues and several donors.

Note that Fierté Montréal graciously sent its official photographer, André Bilodeau, to commemorate the evening.  Samuel Bonnefont, web and social network coordinator of REZO, also filmed the lecture.

“The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc!”, Wednesday, August 15 2018.
Upper: Gabriel Girard during his conference (Salle 2, Cinéma du Parc).
Down: Alexis Baribeault and John Banks.
Photo Credit: André Bilodeau / Fierté Montréal. All rights reserved.

From August 1 to 31 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives held an exhibition in the lobby of the Cinéma du Parc in Montréal.

This exhibition, as well as the lecture and film showing of August 15, comprised the “Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc!”, organized to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the organization.  More than 14,000 people participated in the event, with free admission seven days a week.

This exhibition is composed of 26 posters on HIV/Aids, selected from the approximately 600 posters held by the Quebec Gay Archives.  They were chosen to represent a large plurality of experiences, depicting men, women and children of many origins.  The graphic approaches are rich and varied, reflecting their times of creation, their national origins and above all the goals of the organizations which created them.  The selection was made by exhibition coordinators Pierre Pilotte and Emmanuel Galland.

This exhibition was inspired by the work of Ross Higgins (cofounder of the Archives) and Philip Lewis, who in the past created larger scale poster exhibitions drawn from the HIV/Aids collection of the Quebec Gay Archives.

The Cinéma du Parc was evidently the major partner of the « Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc! », but we should also recognize the sponsorships of Fierté Montréal, Fugues and several private donors.

The Quebec Gay Archives thanks Guy L’Heureux for having documented the exhibition.  We also thank Fierté Montréal for kindly sending its official photographer, André Bilodeau, to record the events of the evening of August 15.

Photo Credit: André Bilodeau / Fierté Montréal (upper), Guy L’Heureux / AGQ (down).
All rights reserved.

In July and August 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives was honoured by two articles in Lien MULTIMÉDIA – le portail des professionnels du numérique.

These articles covered “The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc”, an event including both an exhibition of posters on HIV/Aids as well as a lecture and film showing.

It was also the first media exposure for Alexis Baribeault, with both a profile of and an interview with the filmmaker. Alexis is the producer of “JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement” and was an intern at the Quebec Gay Archives in 2017-2018.

A first experience in production for Alexis Baribeault with “John Banks, une vie d’engagement”

« (…) 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

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The Québec Gay Archives are 35 years old and invest the Cinéma du Parc in August

« (…) Les Archives gaies du Québec possèdent plus de 600 affiches sur le sida produites à travers le monde. De cette collection, une vingtaine d’affiches sont exposées au Cinéma du Parc. (…) »
– Lien MULTIMÉDIA – le portail des professionnels du numérique au Québec, « Les Archives gaies du Québec ont 35 ans et investissent le Cinéma du Parc en août », 27 juillet 2018

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Poster for the movie: « JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement »
Source: Archives gaies du Québec. All rights reserved.

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– Jusqu’au 31 août – Exposition d’affiches sur le sida issues des collections des Archives gaies du Québec dans le Hall du Cinéma du Parc (accès libre tous les jours de midi à 20 h 30)
http://cinemaduparc.com/fr/exposition-en-cours

– Le mercredi 15 août (15 $ taxes incl.) – SOIRÉE DES AGQ :
19 h – CONFÉRENCE de Gabriel Girard – « VIH/sida en contextes francophones : enjeux de mémoire, enjeux de savoir »
19 h 45 – PROJECTION EN PREMIÈRE DU FILM « JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement » réalisé par Alexis Baribeault (Salle 2)
http://cinemaduparc.com/fr/film/john-banks-une-vie-d-engagement_fr

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Crédit : Fugues, « Archives vivantes, Histoire de nos communautés et du sida – Une conférence, un documentaire et une exposition durant la Fierté », août 2018, Volume 35, Numéro 5, Page 152

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Entrevues avec Jacques Prince – cofondateur et président, Jonathan Dorey, archiviste et coadministrateur, Pierre Pilotte – coordonnateur des AGQ.

LE DEVOIR, « Homosexualité, une histoire vieille comme le monde », Caroline Montpetit, samedi 4 août 2018, Cahier D, 5 photos (Catherine Legault)

« Dans la tradition amérindienne, les « berdaches » sont des individus dont le genre, féminin ou masculin, n’est pas « conforme » au reste de la société. Dans le cas des Amérindiens, on parle aussi de bispiritualité. C’est dire que l’homosexualité, entre autres, a une longue histoire en Amérique.

Pourtant, dès l’arrivée des colons français en Amérique, l’homosexualité est réprimée et punie par la loi… »

POUR LIRE L’ARTICLE AU COMPLET :
www.ledevoir.com/lire/533692/homosexualite-une-histoire-vieille-comme-le-monde
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Jacques Prince
Crédit photo : Catherine Legault, Le Devoir. Le président et cofondateur des Archives gaies du Québec, Jacques Prince, raconte en images la mission et l’histoire de l’organisme.

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LA PRESSE PLUS, Section ARTS, écran 4, « Le souvenir des matraques », Mario Girard, lundi 13 août 2018

« (…) Si on peut aujourd’hui raconter cette histoire, si on peut comprendre la longue et difficile lutte menée par de courageux activistes, c’est en grande partie grâce aux Archives gaies du Québec, organisme créé en 1983 par Jacques Prince et Ross Higgins.
Je suis allé rencontrer ces deux hommes passionnés et bavards dans les locaux que l’AGQ occupe dans la rue Amherst.
(…) »

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It is with sadness that board members and volunteers have learned about the death of Frank Remiggi, a friend and donor of the Quebec Gay Archives.

M. Frank W. Remiggi
1951 – 2018

Passed away in Montreal, on September 3rd, following a long and debilitating illness. Formerly a professor of geography at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he completed his undergraduate degree (joint-honours anthropology and geography) at McGill University, after which he attended the Memorial University of Newfoundland where he undertook a Master’s degree in historical geography. He returned subsequently to McGill where he obtained his PhD. Initially a sessional lecturer at McGill’s French-Canadian Studies Center, he began his long UQAM career in September 1978, retiring in June 2012.

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The Montreal Gazette, ‘’Montreal Pride shows its true colours – From RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni to the big parade, this year’s celebrations are billed as the largest LGBTQ Pride in Canada with good reason’’, Richard Burnett, August 9 2018

READ MORE:
https://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/local-arts/montreal-pride-shows-its-true-colours?video_autoplay=true

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Video : « Two Solitudes: Fighting for LGBT rights in Montreal » with Ross Higgins, 3:07

On July 11, as part of the A School, A Park summer graphics design workshop, the AGQ welcomed two groups of participants at the archives. Under the tutorship of Katja Mater, Sara Kaaman, and Jessica Gysel from GIRLS LIKE US, twenty of so participants were introduced to the AGQ and browsed some of our collections, focusing on the Namaste « zines » fonds. GIRLS LIKE US is an independent magazine turning the spotlight on an international expanding community of women from all genders within arts, culture and activism. They are on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo credit : DR/AGQ

The Quebec Gay Archives is closed from June 24 until Sept. 3, 2018.

After this period, the Quebec Gay Archives will welcome visitors to its reading room located at 1000 Amherst Street in Montreal, Suite 103. We will be open to the public Thursday evenings between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Please call or email us to make an appointment outside of these times.

Have fun at Fierté Montréal!
Participate to our event at Cinéma du Parc in August!

The AGQ at the Cinéma du Parc in August
Fierté Montréal Pride
Cinéma du Parc

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.

 

INTERRECONNAISSANCE on tour.

– From June 14 to August 26 2018: Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup
www.mbsl.qc.ca

– From September 6 2018 to February 3 2019: Écomusée du fier monde, Montréal
Opening: September 5 2018
http://ecomusee.qc.ca

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

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