Monday, 20 November 2017 22:22

Paris to open LGBT archives center in 2020

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Faced with the urgent need to save French LGBT documents, Paris will open an LGBT archives center in 2020.

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
  • mails
  • 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."

Do you have LGBT documents? If so and if you want, you can send them to the LGBT archives center. For more information, contact the equality department of the Direction of Territorial Capacity Development at ddct-egalite@paris.fr.

Photo by Xavier Heraud

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