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Published on Jun 15, 2018
Pioneering gay activist Jim Egan publicly challenged a culture of rampant homophobia in the press starting in the late 1940s, when it was dangerous to speak out. In the late 1980s, Jim Egan challenged the Government of Canada to receive spousal benefits for his life partner, Jack Nesbit. Their case would ensure that sexual orientation is protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – a landmark victory for the LGBTQ2 community.
Archival photo courtesy of Pink Triangle Press and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
Thanks to William F. White International for their sponsorship of this Heritage Minute.
Credits: Jim Egan (young) – Theodore Saunders Jack Nesbit (young) – James Daly Jim Egan (old) – Clyde Whitman Jack Nesbit (old) - Brian Edward Thwaites Narrator – k.d. lang Director – Stephen Dunn Director of Photography – Bobby Shore