Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships

“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.” – Jane Rule, 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

Funded by the Jane Rule Endowment:

Social Justice Curriculum Development Initiative
1) Rethinking Sociology Teaching
2) Troubling Epistemologies: Experiments in Entangled Co-Existence
3) LGB T 101 for Med Students

Promoting Trans Literacies Workshop
Teaching educators to develop safer, more trans-inclusive pedagogical practices in their classrooms.

Educational Innovations for Social Justice Initiative Fund
Gender & Sexuality Diversity and Transforming Learning Experiences.

A social justice summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, and allied youth ages 14-21 from across BC & the Yukon.

Out in Schools
Out in Schools brings films into classrooms to engage youth through film in the promotion of safer and more inclusive learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying.

Events hosted by Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS)
See a list of past CSIS events, supported by the Jane Rule Endowment.


We accept donations from individuals or institutions wishing to support our work on the study of human relationships and sexuality.

We are endeavoring to expand our curriculum, speakers’ series, academic courses, public events, conferences, and awareness campaigns to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience at UBC. Our program continues to grow and we are becoming a magnet for students, artists, and intellectuals across the region.

Every donation helps. Whether you would like to make a one-time donation or to set up a bequest, we would be more than happy to discuss our program with you.

Donate now via the campaign website

FAQ about ways to give

For more information please contact:
Victoria Auston