Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jim Deva Remembered At Memorial As Passionate Free Speech Advocate

More Than A Thousand People Turn Out To Honour LGBTQ Rights Activist, Local Hero Jim Deva
Jim Deva
[Vancouver, B.C.] St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church was packed Saturday as more than a thousand people from the community to whom he gave so much, turned out to honour Little Sister's Bookstore owner Jim Deva. "Deva's legacy really can't be overstated," said longtime friend and lawyer barbara findlay (who spells her name without capital letters). "He established a community centre as well as a bookstore and this has been a place that everybody has looked to for information, for support, and for advice. He and the bookstore stood up for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada twice." It was outrage against discrimination that drove Jim Deva, a former school teacher turned advocate. In the late 1980s, Deva took the federal government to court when it stopped gay and lesbian books from crossing the border into Canada. His Little Sister's Bookstore won that censorship battle, but while it may have been his most noteworthy cause, it was just one of many. He was 64 years old. He leaves behind his partner Bruce and the thousands of friends he made over his lifetime. READ MORE

Vancouver's LGBTQ community mourns the sudden death of Jim Deva