Ross Higgins

Ross Higgins teaches in the Sociology and Anthropology departments of Concordia University in Montreal. He has been involved in the city’s gay movement since 1975 and is a co-founder of the Archives gaies du Quebec.


Higgins, Ross. Peter Flinsch: the Body in Question. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008. N6549.F63 H44 2008

Flinsch was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1920, and was a soldier in Nazi Germany. In 1942, he was accused of homosexuality after getting caught kissing a fellow soldier; he was court-martialed and sentenced to prison. He moved to Canada in 1952 and began to produce art of the male body.

Publisher’s Synopsis

See review Xtra! West 2008-11-15 and The Advocate (Los Angeles)2008-11-27

Higgins, Ross. De la clandestinité à l’affirmation: pour une histoire de la communauté gaie montréalaise / Ross Higgins. Montreal: Comeau & Nadeau, 2000. (From his dissertation)


Higgins, Ross. “Baths, bushes and belonging: public sex and gay community in pre-Stonewall Montreal.” p.187-202.

In Public Sex /Gay Space. Edited by William L. Leap. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999. HQ76 .P8 1999


Higgins, Ross. “À la mode: fashioning gay community in Montreal.” p.129-161.

In Consuming Fashion: Adorning the Transnational Body. Edited by Anne Brydon and Sandra Niessen. Oxford/New York: Berg, 1998. GT596 .C66 1998

Higgins, Ross. “Des lieux d’appartenance: les bars gais des années 1950.” p.103-128. In Sortir de l’ombre Histoires des communautés lesbienne et gaie de Montréal. Edited by Irène Demczuk and Frank W. Remiggi. Montréal: vlb éditeur, 1998.

Higgins, Ross and Line Chamberland. “Mixed messages: lesbians, gay men and the yellow press in Quebec and Ontario during the 1950s and 1960s.” p.422-431. In The Challenge of Modernity: a Reader on Post-Confederation Canada. Edited by Ian McKay. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1992. FC85 .C53 1992

Higgins, Ross. “A sense of belonging: pre-liberation space, symbolics and leadership in gay Montreal.” PhD. dissertation, McGill University, 1997.

Higgins, Ross. “Espaces et communauté gaie à Montréal.” Cap-aux-Diamants: revue d’histoire du Québec. 49 (1997): 38.

Higgins, Ross. 1995. “Murder will out: gay identity and media discourse in Montreal.” p.107-132. In Beyond the Lavender Lexicon: Authenticity, Imagination, and Appropriation in Lesbian and Gay Languages. Edited by William L. Leap. New York: Gordon and Breach, 1995.

Higgins, Ross. “Mid-Lent masquerade, Montreal 1950: sensational news reports in gay history research.” Canadian Lesbian and Gay History Network Newsletter. 4 (1990): 7-16.