It was urgent to create a center. Inadequate keeping conditions threaten the loss or disappearance of LGBT archives.
To meet this priority, the Paris Council will finance an emergency storage site before creating the center.
This project is part of the increase in value of French LGBT community archives composed of:
- books, magazines, and journals
- photos, videos
- objects of all kinds
Associations and people have collected a large part of these documents since the 1960s.
We got exclusive news about the center. There will be a room dedicated to magazines and posters, a community space, meeting rooms and perhaps a showroom. The project is still under discussion. Nothing is defined yet.
"Paris has a historic relationship with human rights and LGBT rights," said Bruno Julliard, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of culture.
He continued: "It's important that the documentation will be as large and diverse as possible, and I hope there will be funds for photographs and artworks to enable the collection to be enriched.
"Everything needs to be reflected upon but I'd like art to contribute to the archives and put the LGBT fight in France and around the world into perspective."
Photo by Xavier Heraud