Jim Loves Jack: The James Egan Story

David Adkin

1995, 54:08 minutes, colour, English, w/ Mandarin subtitles


Jim Loves Jack provides an intimate portrait of a relationship between two men which spans nearly 50 years of gay and lesbian history in Canada. The film tells how Egan, in the late 1940's, began to advocate for the equal rights of homosexuals at a time when the term "gay liberation" had not yet been invented. For fifteen years, from 1949 to 1964, Egan wrote letters and articles to newspapers and politicians, aimed at correcting stereotypes of homosexuality and arguing for the repeal of laws which criminalized homosexual activity between consenting adults. Thirty years later, Egan has re-emerged at the forefront of the gay rights struggle by bringing one of the first constitutional challenges involving gay rights to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Critical Writing

by Judy Oxenham. Visual Media, May 1997, v. 9, no. 5.
Film honours crusade for gay rights: Vision to air documentary...
by John McKay. The Globe and Mail, Jan. 6, 1996.
Pioneer gay activist subject of TV documentary
by John McKay. The Gazette, Jan. 6, 1996.
Film Fest heads downtown for a moving experience
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Dec. 15, 1995.
Video Tribute to local activist
by Ian Lidster. Comox Valley Echo, Dec. 15, 1995.