Husband Joseph Hansen

Jane Bancroft (February 4, 1917 - September 9, 1994), a lesbian, was for 51 years the wife and best friend of novelist Joseph Hansen. Hansen said their relationship was that of "a gay man and a woman who happened to love each other."

Artist, scholar, teacher, she was born in Boston on February 4, 1917, and spent her girlhood riding horses in El Paso, and devoted much of her adult life to rescuing and sheltering injured and abandoned animals.

She died in Los Angeles on September 9, 1994, of complication following a stroke. She was survived by Hansen and their daughter Barbara of Castro Valley.[1] Barbara later had a sex-change operation and changed his name in Daniel James Hansen.[2]

Following her death, Joseph Hansen wrote the poem ''The Dark/The Diary (In memoriam: J.B.H., 1917-1994)''.[3]

February 4, 1917 - September 9, 1994He said their relationship was that of "a gay man and a woman who happened to love each other."

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