Jane Rule Initiative at UBC established by Dr. Robert Quartermain

“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

The Jane Rule Initiative at UBC established by Dr. Robert Quartermain is Canada’s largest fund for the study of human relationships

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 Jane Rule Initiative 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 (1931-2007)

Funded by the Jane Rule Initiative:

Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) Inclusive Education – SOGI UBC

  1. To create educative resources to impart SOGI-inclusion and literacy across UBC campuses and other Canadian universities;
  2. To provide SOGI-inclusive education for teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education who will, in turn, educate students in the K-12 school system; and
  3. To establish a centre for excellence in SOGI-inclusive education in the Faculty of Education as a research and dissemination hub for the University.
  4. To provide oversight of CampOUT!, a social justice summer camp for queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, and allied youth ages 14 to 21 from across BC and the Yukon.

Professorship in Gender and Sexuality in Education
Held by Dr. Harper Keenan.


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

We are endeavoring to expand the curricular and pedagogical activities of SOGI UBC, which directly affect new teachers’ abilities to teach inclusively. We are also hoping to establish a UBC Centre for Excellence in Gender and Sexuality Research in the Faculty of Education that would become a hub for scholars, graduate students and knowledge production with local, national and international impact.

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.

FAQ about ways to give

For more information please contact:
Dr. Suzanne Scott, Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Engagement