In what no one expected to be his last public speech, Little Sister’s co-owner Jim Deva was in fine form Sept 9 as he praised masturbation and urged the community to be leaders in sexual honesty.
“Masturbation is a really healthy thing to talk about,” he told an Xtra town hall on the politics of being too racy for public life. “Society would be a lot better and a lot more healthy if it actually talked about sexual issues.
“You know, we as queer people have been doing this for a long time,” he continued. “And this is one of the things that we have to take on: we have to be sexually honest with each other and with society. It’s extremely important for the sake of all society.”
Deva was responding to Trish Kelly’s short-lived run for political office in Vancouver’s upcoming municipal election. Watch his full speech above and Xtra’s video report on the town hall here.
Deva died suddenly on Sept 21. A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, Sept 27 from 3:30 to 5:30pm at St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson St). The family asks that donations be made to the LOUD Foundation Scholarship Fund in lieu of flowers.