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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… »

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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.


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


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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.



– 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).

On May 11, the AGQ welcomed Isabelle Sentis and Lydie Doléans who visited us from France to discuss our experience as a community archives and the project to open an LGBTQ+ archives in Paris. In addition, they are behind the Queer code and Fabric’ Art initiatives. Queer Code is a feminist project that traces the lives of women who loved women during the Second World War. Fabric’ Art uses art-therapy to allow for an individual and collection exploration. Follow Queer Code on Facebook and Twitter and Fabric’ Art on Facebook and Instagram.

Since May 22nd, Jonathan Dorey has been working as an archivist at the Archives gaies du Québec. During this summer contract he will process documents donated by David Cassidy. These contain the organizational records of associations set up in the 1970s and 1980s, in the early days of the AIDS crisis in Montréal. Among others are the records of ACCM, MARC-ARMS, Integrity Montréal, in addition to his personal records. David Cassidy worked as a social worker and sessional lecturer at McGill University. This is not Jonathan’s first contract with the AGQ. In the summer of 2015, he processed the records of Ken Morrison. Then, in the summer of 2016, he produced a Research and collections guide on the history of AIDS in Montréal, a project in partnership with Carleton University and the AIDS Activist History Project.

Crédit photo. : E.G.

On May 10th, one of our volunteers, Jonathan Dorey, had the opportunity to talk about the AGQ and its collections during the course Introduction to Sexual Diversity Studies taught by Alexandra Ketchum and offered by the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism. This group of first and second year undergraduate students were introduced to the mission of the Archives and its collections. The students handled some of the documents and used them as part of their assignment. A web page was put online for the course and shows students’ contributions. Have a look here: https://mcgillandthequebecgayarchives.blogspot.ca.

From May until December 2018, Emmanuel Galland will be working with the Quebec Gay Archives. Emmanuel will be assisting Pierre Pilotte with communications and requests for financing. He will also answer general inquiries and undertake research activities in various archival fonds. With a background in fine arts and art history from the Université de Montréal, Emmanuel has worked as an artist and curator and as a consultant in culture and communications. As a counsellor, trainer and mentor, he accompanies artists and organizations in their creative and professional development. This year, he is curator of the collective exhibit “STATUER. Les figures du socle – Partie III” at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery.

Crédit photo. : F.L.