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What is Out in Schools?

Out in Schools engages youth through film in the promotion of safer and more diverse learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying.

Homophobia, transphobia and bullying are serious issues facing today's youth, particularly queer youth. By bringing queer films to local high schools to facilitate discussion with youth on bullying, homophobia and stereotypes, we give youth a safer space to explore these issues. We aim to increase understanding through education to combat the issues threatening the safety of our classrooms for all students.

This innovative education program brings independent queer film into BC schools and communities to initiate discussions with students about safety, homophobia and bullying. Launched in 2004, Out in Schools has been garnering critical acclaim across the province ever since!

Out in Schools works with school boards, educators, community organizations and student-run Gay Straight Alliances to reduce isolation and increase the safety of learning environments for all youth in our communities. The future of Out in Schools is shaped by the feedback we receive from students which has been overwhelmingly supportive for both the films and the facilitation discussion afterwards. From the early days of working with GSAs we have grown to incorporate presentations to entire Planning 10 classes and auditorium presentations. We feel our success is largely due to providing students with positive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) role models and our commitment to education.

If you are interested in having a screening at your school please contact Jen Sung, Out in Schools Program Coordinator, via email at youth_education@outonscreen.com.