Jane Rule

On this date in 1931, lesbian writer Jane Rule was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland, California, in 1952, and became an occasional student at University College, London. Her first book, Desert of the Heart, a novel, was turned into the 1984 movie, "Desert Heart." Rule moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1956, and taught intermittently at the University of British Columbia until 1976. Among her many books, which include novels and nonfiction, are: After the Fire (1988), Memory Board (1987), Hot-Eyed Moderate (1985), Contract with the World (1982), and Lesbian Images (1982). Among her awards was being named author of the Best Story of the Year 1978 by the Canadian Authors Association. She lives today on Galiano Island, British Columbia.

“I'm a nonbeliever. I don't believe in the existence of a God. I don't believe in the Christian dogma. I find it horrifyingly silly.The intolerance that flows from organized religion is the most dangerous thing on the planet.”

—Jane Rule, Brave Souls: Writers and Artists Wrestle with God, Love, Death and the Things that Matter by Douglas Todd (1996), cited by Celebrity Atheists website.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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