New Heritage Minute spotlights gay activist Jim Egan

 

Historica Canada has released a new Heritage Minute, its first featuring a member of the LGBTQ community.

The video recounts gay activist Jim Egan’s work for equal rights.

Egan publicly fought a culture of homophobia in the press starting in the late 1940s.

Decades later, he challenged the Government of Canada to receive spousal benefits for his life partner, Jack Nesbit.