“If we don’t bear witness as citizens, as people, as individuals, the right that we have had to life is sacrificed. There is a silence, instead of a speaking presence.”
Fiction and Other Truths
In 2009, an anonymous donor gave $1.7 million to the Critical Studies in Sexuality program specifying that the gift to be in the name of Jane Rule. The Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships is Canada’s largest fund for the study of human sexuality.
Famous as both literary icon and civil rights activist, Jane Rule was an articulate and outspoken advocate for personal freedom and social accountability. For many, Jane Rule is known as “arguably the most significant lesbian writer of the twentieth century”.1 For others, Rule is best remembered for her powerful testimony on behalf of Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium in their legal case against the discriminatory censorship practices of Canada Customs.2 For those who knew her personally, “Jinx” Rule was a strikingly tall woman with a husky voice, a generous heart and a quick wit—“a vibrant conversationalist who loved to laugh, drink and smoke”.3
The generosity of the endowment allows us to keep those important conversations about human sexuality, freedom, responsibility, and relationships dynamic and relevant.
“I hope I’m remembered for being lusty and feisty and full of life.”
– Jane Rule
On stage, trans artists Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote have brought people to tears with their stories and music. The Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships staged their newest production in the Okanagan, exploring gender fluidity and the gender binary. GENDER FAILURE