Jane Rule, R.I.P.

Jane Rule — author, activist, Order of Canada recipient, former UBC writing instructor — died last week. Out as a lesbian, and writing novels with lesbian characters before Canada’s homosexuality-banning laws were changed in 1969, she was dubbed “Canada’s only visible lesbian”.

Several of Jane Rule’s books, including “The Young in One Anothers’ Arms” which won the Canadian Authors’ Association award for best novel in 1978, were held up at the border in shipments destined for Little Sisters Bookstore.The testimony she gave before the Supreme Court for this case was published in 1995 and is available from Lazara Press.

Detained at Customs

Memories of Jane Rule, her life, and her key testimony are online at XtraWest and the Tyee and make a really interesting read.



2 thoughts on “Jane Rule, R.I.P.

  1. Hi,

    I’m a progressive-minded library tech student at Langara. I have been reading your blog for the last couple of months. I’m also on your listserv. Keep up the good work!


  2. thanks for saying hello. i often wonder who is reading this blog.

    we will be having a meeting towards the end of january, if you are interested. there’s also our listserv.


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