Simone Beaudry-Pilotte has created a short (24 seconds) video on the Quebec Gay Archives. This video will be shown during the benefit auction organized by the Écomusée du fier monde, taking place between May 19 and May 30.
JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement Summary
In close-up, John Banks tells us of his personal and professional life, and how it has changed along with the LGBTQ+ communities. John Banks, a witness to personal and community development.
Documentary Film: JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
Director: Alexis Baribeault
Length: 46 min. 24 sec. | Year: 2018 | Language: French
ABOUT JOHN BANKS
Born in Montréal, John Banks has been recognized for decades for his activism. The personal secretary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich for many years, he has always been active in LGBTQ+ community organizations. In the 1970s and 1980s, he regularly collaborated in publications and two gay radio shows as producer and co-host. In 1979, he followed in the path of LGBTQ+ groups in the USA commemorating the anniversary of Stonewall by organizing in Montréal a demonstration of a happy, proud and exceptional proud LGBTQ+ community. This demonstration became a model for Pride celebrations all over Canada.
In 2017, he was invited to be a Grand Marshall of the Fierté Montréal Pride celebrations. He is an active member of the Quebec Gay Archives.
ABOUT ALEXIS BARIBEAULT Alexis Baribeault produced his first film, as part of an internship with the Quebec Gay Archives in 2017-2018, while he was a student at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
« (…) 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. (…) »
Upper: John Banks at the Reading Room – Quebec Gay Archives
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Galland / Quebec Gay Archives. All rights reserved.
Down: Poster for the film « JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement »
Graphic designer: Jean Logan
Source: Quebec Gay Archives. All rights reserved.
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
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
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.
“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.
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.