On July 31st, the Mémoire vivante du parc de l’Espoir group organized an evening of re-dedication of the parc, on the corner of Sainte-Catherine Est and Panet. This commemorative event in memory of those who have died and are living with HIV brought together many long-standing activists, namely Roger Le Clerc, Michael Hendricks, and René LeBoeuf, organizers of the event.

This soirée in the parc was also the launch of a video exhibiting key moments in ACT UP Montréal’s history, and of the creation of the parc de l’Espoir.

On the Quebec Gay Archives website, you may have noticed a short stop-motion film titled Parade. This work by Jean-Pierre Fortin is his second collaboration with the Quebec Gay Archives.

The originality of this short film stems from the way it showcases little known objects from our collections, such as pins, matches, condoms, etc. In less than 30 minutes, we can see them pass by in neat ranks. In addition to displaying the diversity of our collections, this short is very playful and interesting.

Jean-Pierre Fortin took it upon himself to support the Archives’ mission by creating photographic and video works that illustrate the memories of LGBTQ2S+ communities in Quebec, all by using our collections. With Parade, we can see that his endeavour was successful.

JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
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

Copyright: Quebec Gay Archives, 2018.

JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement has been presented for the first time during a two part event August 15 2018 in the context of ‘’The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc in August 2018’’ (Montréal).

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.

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. (…) »

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

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


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

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.

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

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.