What’s new

On April 18 2018 Jacques Prince and Ross Higgins, cofounders of the Quebec Gay Archives, were invited to testify before a committee of the Canadian Senate in Ottawa. Their testimony was heard as part of a parliamentary bill to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions relating to consensual sexual activity between persons of the same sex in the mid/late 20th century. Their statements were broadcast in real time. The testimony of Ross Higgins was given in English, while that of Jacques Prince was given in French..

The Ross Higgins and Jacques Prince segment starts at 12:39


You can now make a online donation on the website of the Quebec Gay Archives

The process is very easy. First click on the tab “Donate”, and then click on “Make an online donation with CanadaHelps”. You can then enter the amount you would like to donate. Setting up monthly contributions is also possible.

CanadaHelps will send to you a tax receipt when the donation is finalized.

The Board of Directors and volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives thank in advance all of our generous donors.


Each year, the collections of the Quebec Gay Archives grow in importance due to the documents, photos, artworks and other objects given to us by members of the LGBTQ+ communities. We would like to enhance our collections of materials relations to places that were an important part of LGBTQ+ life, and so are especially interested in photos of bars, discotheques, restaurants, saunas, parks, rooming houses etc where LGBTQ+ people gathered. Promotional objects, such as matchbooks, ashtrays, lapel pins, Tshirts etc, are also valuable, and any materials concerning lesbian are particularly welcomed. If you have such materials, please do not throw them away. Give them to the Quebec Gay Archives so we can keep our history alive for future generations. Too many treasures are discarded when a community member passes away, or when people are not aware of the mission of the Quebec Gay Archives. In this, our 35th year, we make a special request that you help us preserve these materials for posterity.

Les membres du Conseil d’administration et les bénévoles des Archives gaies du Québec remercient le réalisateur du documentaire Montréal, mon amour, mon histoire, Paul Carvalho, d’avoir généreusement accepté que nous mettions en ligne la séquence avec John Banks et Ross Higgins.

Centre-ville : L’âge des lumières souligne les batailles menées à Montréal : la lutte contre la prostitution et les maisons de jeu et la communauté gaie face à la répression.

Centre-ville : L’âge des lumières, du coffret Montréal, mon amour, mon histoire
Réalisé par : Paul Carvalho
Produit par : Les Films Perception Inc. ©2015


Pierre Pilotte has been working as coordinator at the Quebec Gay Archives since the summer of 2017. After having worked for three decades in cultural industries as director of communications, he reoriented his career several years ago towards the community sector. He has been on the boards of RÉZO and of the Portail VIH sida du Québec while also working for both organizations. As coordinator of the Gay Archives, Pierre researches funding opportunities and develops promotional activities and communications strategies in consultation with the organization’s Board of Directors. (Photo: Oz Yilmaz)

Board members and volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives would like to thank all donors who participated so generously in our 2017 financing drive. The Quebec Gay Archives exceeded its objectives in this campaign and the amount received will allow us to complete several projects which have already been initiated. Visitors to the Archive’s website will already have noticed what has been accomplished thanks to incoming donations. The Quebec Gay Archives thanks all of its donors and wishes them a very Happy New Year.

The animated short film “In a Heartbeat” was written, co-produced and directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David. It is one of the first animated shorts on homosexual love. As part of MAMMOUTH on Télé-Québec, the co-producers received the prize for most inspirational foreign contribution. “In a Heartbeat” is also nominated for the 2018 Oscars.

The first ever broadcast of MAMMOUTH took place December 15 2017 on Télé-Québec. This gala organized by and for young people from all regions of Québec had as its goal the highlighting of 20 acts meant to inspire, motivate or change the world. Among the inspiring acts, we take note of three with links to the LGBTQ+ communities, either because of the creators or because of the subject: that of Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay, transgender actor well known to the Québec public; Xavier Dolan, actor and director and winner of several awards throughout the world, and finally Yan England, director of the film 1:54 on bullying and intimidation, distributed in several countries. During the broadcast, we also saw an interview with a young trans person. We congratulate Télé-Québec on this initiative.


“L’Histoire des Magazines Gais au Québec” by Jean-Pierre Fortin. In this French-language video montage combining an interview with Dr Ross Higgins and some 100 images of magazines held by the Quebec Gay Archives, Jean-Pierre Fortin offer us a colourful historical portrait of LGBTQ+ publications in Quebec up to the present day.

Ferrin Evans is an undergraduate student at Concordia University, completing a BFA Specialization in Film Studies with a Minor in Sexuality. Over the past decade, he has volunteered with the MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, and he has served as a curator with the festival over the last two years. In his internship with AGQ, he assisted in the cataloguing and organization of film and video libraries. Ferrin’s upcoming work with AGQ involves digitizing important HIV/AIDS video within the collections, a project that he hopes will provide him invaluable experience as he applies to graduate school for archiving and preservation.

On November 28 2017, the Government of Canada, as represented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, offered an official apology to the thousands of Canadians who had been imprisoned, fired and harassed because of their sexual orientation, and this up until the 1990s.  An example for other countries to follow in terms of recognition of the rights of LGBTQ+ communities.

Since the summer of 2015 archivist Denis Lessard has been employed on a consultancy basis by the Quebec Gay Archives.  Initially, his mandate was to perform an overview of the archival fonds held by the AGQ  in order to establish priorities and make recommendations regarding their treatment and preservation.  Since December 2015, he has treated some 15 archival fonds according to strict archival standards, replacing file folders and containers by non-acidic conservation materials and by creating classifications schemes and fonds inventories  which will help research and retrieval.  The fonds processed to date include the fonds of the Groupe Homosexuel d’Action Politique (GHAP), of the Androgyne/Androgeny bookstore, the Groupe Gai de l’Université Laval (GGUL), the gay Jewish group Naches, the fonds Peter Flinsch and Bernard Courte, and the fonds of the Association pour les droits des gaie(e)s du Québec.

On November 19 2017, John Banks, long time volunteer at the Quebec Gay Archives, was invited to speak of his work relation with Marlene Dietrich during a presentation of the film Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel).  The invitation was made by Mr Philippe Spurrell, director of the Cinéclub Film Society. The screening of the Blue Angel took place in the Arts Building of Concordia University before some 80 individuals.  John Banks took the opportunity to speak about his work with the Quebec Gay Archives and informed the audience that his correspondence with Madame Dietrich was held by the organization.  Pierre Pilotte, AGQ coordinator, accompanied Mr Banks and used the opportunity to distribute publicity materials.  During his own introduction and presentation, Mr Spurrell also had some kind words about the Quebec Gay Archives and thanked us for our participation in the event.  We thank him for the invitation and for the warm welcome to his film community.