He was born in Bolton and brought up in Chequerbent. Having left school with no qualifications he worked as a joiner, before taking a part-time degree at Salford University. He was active in gay rights from an early age, and literary editor of the northern gay magazine Seen Out.
- http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/campaignsandprojects/this-s-how-we-got-here-history-project/018_jeff_evans_charlotte_bolton_jak_west_10_05_2014/ "Jeff Evans interviewed by Charlotte Bolton and Jak West" The Proud Trust, 15 May 2015.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20150922162251/http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/about/meet-the-team/ LGBT History Month: Meet the Team (archived version as at 22 September 2015).