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Why?

Our Mission

To engage youth through film in the promotion of safer and diverse learning environments, free from homophobia and bullying.

Why?

Two thirds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) students report that they feel unsafe at school and more than 1 in 5 are physically assaulted or harassed due to their sexual orientation

70% of all students hear homophobic language in their schools everyday.

LGBTQ students are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than straight students

80% of LGBTQ students from schools with anti-homophobia policies report never having been physically harassed

Source: 2011 Egale Canada National Climate Survey on Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in Canadian Schools

Out in Schools works with school boards, community support organizations and student-run Gay Straight Alliances to reduce isolation and increase the safety of learning environments for all youth in our communities. Our program introduces students to independent, Canadian cinema made for, and by, young people. Facilitating discussion on queer issues centred around the films we present helps our community be a safer place for students to learn.

We hope to encourage all students - and especially queer students - to develop a cultural voice and seek out media and art that speaks to and represents their individual identities.