Making Hallways Bright is back!

Making Hallways Bright is back!

This November, I was lucky enough to attend a local Out in Schools presentation for a Grade 9 class. Out in Schools’ presentations are exclusively for the students and faculty of the schools visited, creating a safe space for exploration and engagement. Inviting non-essential observers to a presentation intrudes into that safe space, so very … Continued

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Come Out to the Fall Gala!

Come Out to the Fall Gala!

"Come Out, Come Out Whoever You Are!" Join us for the 14th annual Fall Gala – a fun and fabulous charity event to support Out On Screen's award winning Out in Schools program and Vancouver Queer Film Festival.  Hosted by Carl Meadows and Les Dick, this year’s Gala features a stunning live art auction, a prize-filled raffle, … Continued Continue...
Out in Schools responds to Anti-Bullying Policy Updates

Out in Schools responds to Anti-Bullying Policy Updates

Earlier today, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced that explicit references to sexual orientation and gender identity are being added to the anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies that school districts and independent schools are required to have in place.

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Orlando by Brandon Yan

Orlando by Brandon Yan

Pride exists because the pressure to conform everyday to a heteronormative standard feels so crushing. Existing as we are is an act of resistance. Pride exists because to love oneself and each other is revolutionary when we are told we are wrong, broken, and deserving of hate

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RAH! the Out in Schools Youth Short Film Contest is back!

RAH! the Out in Schools Youth Short Film Contest is back!

We are excited to announce that RAH! the Out in Schools Youth Short Film Contest is back! We are calling on youth across British Columbia, aged 12 – 19, to create short films that challenge homophobia, transphobia and bullying AND that speak to the real experiences of LGBT2Q+ youth. RAH creates the space for youth to practice making eye-opening, heart-strings tugging, perspective-shifting videos.

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Out in Schools visits Smithers

Out in Schools visits Smithers

We’ve got some exciting news heading into the weekend: our facilitators Meghan and Joanne are heading up North to visit the Bulkley Valley School District for the week. We’d love to thank the ever-lovely Perry Rath for helping coordinate this tour. This will be only our second visit to the region since our first in 2012-2013.

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Sunshine Coast 2016 Tour

Sunshine Coast 2016 Tour

We made 13 presentations to 13 schools and reached 1,469 students in five days. That’s 44% of all students in the entire Sunshine Coast School District! We received such a warm welcome from everywhere we visited, and we’re honoured to have reached so many students

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Out in Schools is coming to Prince George and Quesnel!

Out in Schools is coming to Prince George and Quesnel!

Friday Surprise! We’re hitting the road next week – AGAIN – but this time to Prince George and Quesnel. We’ll be giving 5 or so presentations over a quick 3 day trip. This will be a return visit to Prince George and out FIRST visit ever to Quesnel.

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“Making Hallways Bright” with Out in Schools

“Making Hallways Bright” with Out in Schools

Out in Schools, in partnership with Scotiabank, announce the launch of their second annual end-of-year campaign, Making Hallways Bright, on December 1st – Giving Tuesday, widely known to be the opening day of the giving season. The campaign inspires donations through a partnership with Scotiabank for LGBTQ2+ youth in BC.

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Out On Screen announces new Executive Director

Out On Screen has been in the midst of an executive transition. The search committee’s priority was to find a candidate who could build upon the amazing growth and development of the past 15 years as well as bring fresh new perspectives to invigorate our work. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Stephanie Goodwin, Out On Screen’s new Executive Director.

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Out in Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert

Out in Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert

In all seven schools we visited, queer youth thanked us for opening hearts and changing minds and then actively engaging students in considering what their role and responsibility is in using their language and behaviour to build safe school communities. In those moments of vulnerability, these students expressed what it meant to them to have advocates there to help catalyze important conversations.

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Out in Gold Trail

On March 11, a dreary, down-pouring morning, Jen and I drove out from Vancouver before sunrise, up the foggy sea-to-sky highway to the beautiful Gold Trail School District. This marks our first time ever presenting in that region.

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