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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1951- 1991, predominant 1972-1991
Scope and Content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the life of gay activist, teacher and writer, Bernard Courte. The records found in the fonds reflect aspects of Courte’s personal life, his career in education, and his fight for gay rights, french language rights, and for the rights of people living with HI…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Graphic material
Date Range
1951- 1991, predominant 1972-1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Physical Description
1.13m of textual records.-30 photographs: 13 b&w; 17 col.
Physical Condition
Records are in good condition
History / Biographical
Gay activist, teacher, and writer, Bernard Courte was born in Weir, Quebec on June 22, 1949. Located 75 miles north of Montreal, Weir’s population was made up of approximately 100 people, most of whom were anglophones. Courte’s family was one of two francophone families who lived in the town, which forced Bernard Courte to become fluent in english. Growing up, he was told by anglophones to “speak white”. This language based discrimination would later inform his activism. The events of the 1977 Truxx Bar Raid acted as a galvanizing moment in Courte’s life, as he began advocating gay rights, Franco-Canadian rights, and for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. He marched, wrote, and spoke with an infectious enthusiasm and dynamic energy. At the age of 17, Courte moved to Montreal to attend teacher’s college. After a year of enrollment, Courte quit school and came out through the bar scene. He eventually went back to school and received a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Linguistics from the Université de Québec à Montréal. He also completed a Degree in Education from McGill University. In 1976, Courte started teaching english as a second language at the Cégep Saint Jean sur Richelieu. Courte was present at the 1977 Truxx Bar Raid. The Raid served as a galvanizing moment in Courte’s life. Shortly after, he became a member of the Association pour les Droits Gais du Québec, a Quebec gay rights association. He went on to contribute to the ADGQ’s publication, Le Berdache. In addition to writing pieces for the publication, he also translated and adapted The Body Politic and other gay news articles from english to french for Le Berdache readers. In 1982, Courte and other co-founders established the new monthly Sortie, a major North American french language gay publication, where he served as editor for 14 months. Courte was an early champion of AIDS awareness in Quebec. Beginning in 1982 or 1983, he wrote extensively on the disease for publications including Sortie and RG. He also appeared on radio and television to talk about the emerging AIDS crisis. He served as a spokesperson for an AIDS walk-a-thon, which he considered as a second coming out. Courte was involved with the Comité Sida Aide Montréal. In 1986, Courte relocated to Toronto with his then partner of 18 years, Keith Russell. The move was brought on by Russell’s work transfer. Courte found employment at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His focus on HIV/AIDS, gay rights, and journalism did not slow down after his move to Toronto. He continued writing for Sortie as their Toronto correspondent and had his own column, La Chronique Courte. Once Sortie folded, Courte went on to write for Xtra! And eventually had his own monthly french column XtraCourte. Following his move to Toronto, Courte began advocating for the rights of Franco-Ontarians and their need for linguistically and culturally relevant resources and services. This was evident through his work spearheading and coordinating various translation projects with AIDS Service Organizations and gay and lesbian groups. Courte served as a volunteer for the AIDS Committee of Toronto and helped prepare and translate french language flyers and brochures. He was also involved with AIDS Action Now! In 1988, he founded the Équipe Francophone and helped launch the french version of the AAN! Treatment Update newsletter, Traitement Sida in 1989. He served on the AAN! Media Committee. Courte also started a French-language index of medical data relating to AIDS treatment, a resource unique in North America. He helped found a francophone AIDS support group in Toronto, organized safe-sex workshops, and was involved with nine AIDS conferences in six years. Additionally Courte translated material for various other lesbian and gay groups. His push for access to french language resources and services, extended beyond the lesbian and gay community. He frequently wrote for educational and francophone journals, which included his column À La Page in Orbit, OISE’s quarterly magazine. He often sent articles to L’Express de Toronto- Toronto’s french language weekly paper and served as a consultant at the Centre Médico Social Communautaire, where he prepared french resources. Additionally, Courte served on the Communications Committee of the ACFO- Toronto, the Toronto Chapter of the Ontario French Canadian Association and the Newsletter Committee and Negotiations Committee of the Research Officer’s Union at OISE. As a recovering alcoholic, Courte was involved in gay and lesbian and french Alcoholics Anonymous Groups. Bernard Courte died of AIDS related complications in Toronto on October 19, 1991.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the life of gay activist, teacher and writer, Bernard Courte. The records found in the fonds reflect aspects of Courte’s personal life, his career in education, and his fight for gay rights, french language rights, and for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. The majority of the records were created in Montreal or Toronto, and date from 1972 to 1991. The fonds has been arranged into the following 4 series: Personal Life, Teaching, Activism, and Subject Files. It contains correspondence, coursework, course material, articles penned by Courte, article drafts, meeting minutes, brochures, flyers, and clippings.
Related Material
1992-145/001N Now Playing 42.5 x 27.5 cm., offset, photo, b & w 1992-145/002N Bob Smith Sucks Cocks 28.5 x28 cm., offset, photo, multi coloured 1992-145/003N IGA, International Gay Association 8th annual conference 59 x 41 cm., offset, 2 colours 1992-145/004N Jonas 56 x 44 cm., offset, photo, b & w 1992-145/05N Resolution on sexual discrimination at the workplace 40 X 60 cm., blue on white glossy 796 CT Une Sortie Avec Bernard .... T Shirt
Access Restrictions
The fonds is open to researchers.
Copyright
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from The ArQuives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder of any copyrights in the materials. Note that The ArQuives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder.
Conservation
Records have been rehoused in acid free file folders and boxes. Most paper clips have been removed.
Arrangement
The accessions were partially processed by archivists Paul Leatherdale and Harold Averill using an accession based descriptive standard. The records were reprocessed in 2020 to reflect The ArQuives’ institutional RAD compliant standards. Original order was kept where possible. Order was imposed in some cases to facilitate accessibility.
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
1992-145, 1991-176, 1989-002
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1972- 1991
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to the personal life of Bernard Courte. It includes personal correspondence, coursework, and course material from various classes that Courte was enrolled in while pursuing his post-secondary education at the Université de Quebec à Montréal and McGill Univers…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1972- 1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
1
Physical Description
32cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to the personal life of Bernard Courte. It includes personal correspondence, coursework, and course material from various classes that Courte was enrolled in while pursuing his post-secondary education at the Université de Quebec à Montréal and McGill University.
Description Level
Series
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1972- 1991
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to Bernard Courte’s career in education. It includes course material and course notes from his time at the Cégep St Jean sur Richelieu as an english professor. It also includes correspondence, newsletters, and reports from his time at Ontario Institute for Stu…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1972- 1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
2
Physical Description
32cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to Bernard Courte’s career in education. It includes course material and course notes from his time at the Cégep St Jean sur Richelieu as an english professor. It also includes correspondence, newsletters, and reports from his time at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and newsletters, programmes and brochures from various associations and unions that he was a part of.
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Series
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Activism and Journalism

https://collections.arquives.ca/en/permalink/descriptions41105
Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1951- 1991, predominant 1980- 1991
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to Bernard Courte’s gay ctivism, AIDS activism, and french language activism. It includes records relating to his journalism and involvement with various gay and straight publications in Montreal and Toronto, from Sortie, Le Berdache, RG, Fugues, Hom-Info, Xtr…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1951- 1991, predominant 1980- 1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
3
Physical Description
46cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to Bernard Courte’s gay ctivism, AIDS activism, and french language activism. It includes records relating to his journalism and involvement with various gay and straight publications in Montreal and Toronto, from Sortie, Le Berdache, RG, Fugues, Hom-Info, Xtra!, L’Express de Toronto, and Out and About. The series also contains records relating Courte’s work with various groups and organizations, including the AIDS Committee of Toronto, AIDS Action Now!, the Association pour les droits des gais et lesbiennes du Québec, and the Comité Sida Aide Montréal. The series contains articles, meeting minutes, correspondence, translation drafts, article drafts, and resource material collected for various articles.
Description Level
Series
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1977- 1991
Scope and Content
The file contains subject files compiled by Bernard Courte pertaining to various issues, events, groups and organizations. It includes correspondence, promotional material, press clippings, and newsletters.
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1977- 1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
4
Physical Description
17cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The file contains subject files compiled by Bernard Courte pertaining to various issues, events, groups and organizations. It includes correspondence, promotional material, press clippings, and newsletters.
Description Level
Series
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Personal Agendas and Calendars

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1988-1991
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1988-1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
1
File Number
F0185-01-001
Physical Description
Textual records
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
Accession Number
1992-145/01(01)
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[Condominium Le Square]

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1981- 1991
Scope and Content
The file contains records pertaining to Bernard Courte's personal condominium Le Square located in Longueuil, Quebec.
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1981- 1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
1
File Number
F0185-01-002
Physical Description
Textual records
Scope and Content
The file contains records pertaining to Bernard Courte's personal condominium Le Square located in Longueuil, Quebec.
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
Accession Number
1992-145/01(02)
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1981- 1991
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1981- 1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
1
File Number
F0185-01-003
Physical Description
Textual records
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
Accession Number
1992-145/01(03)
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1976- 1991
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1976- 1991
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
1
File Number
F0185-01-004
Physical Description
Textual records
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
Accession Number
1992-145/01(04)
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Correspondence with Ghyslain Delisle

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1986- 1987
Scope and Content
The file contains personal outgoing and incoming correspondence with Ghyslain Delisle.
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1986- 1987
Part Of
Bernard Courte fonds
Fonds Number
F0185
Series Number
1
File Number
F0185-01-005
Physical Description
Textual records
Scope and Content
The file contains personal outgoing and incoming correspondence with Ghyslain Delisle.
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
Accession Number
1992-145/01(05)
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