LGBTQ Students create their own Sex Ed Program

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On Tuesday March 26, The Get REAL Movement and Toronto Ouest Secondary School will host a unique workshop to launch “LGBTQr Code”, an innovative t-shirt awareness campaign aimed at high school-aged students. There are two stylish tees, each displaying a QR code on the front. A quick scan with a student’s android or iphone will unlock a message unique to the LGBTQ community like: Is being gay a choice? Or how can I deal with bullying at school, stemming from my identity?

The workshop will cover:

  • The importance of inclusive education that recognizes the issues LGBTQ+ youth face
  • The importance of building community through sharing personal stories and experiences promoting inclusion within schools
  • The LGBTQr Code Campaign, an innovative means to tie these concepts together though T-shirts and a microsite, all supported by students


When:                         Tuesday March 26, 2019


                        8:00AM-10:00AM       Media interviews with students/staff

                        10:00AM -10:30AM    The Workshop/Presentation/Tee unveil


Who:               Students:

                        Julia Balot, Grade 11 student


                        Get REAL:

                        Chris Studer, Executive Director

                        Marley Bowen, Executive Director


Special Guest,

Kenzie Brenna (@kenziebrenna)



Olivia Damiani, Account Director

Bianca LaPenna, Account Coordinator

Adam Thur, Creative Director

Nadia Dunn, Associate Director of Integrated Production, Content

Jonathan Lajoie, Content Creator/In-House DP


Where:            The Library at Toronto Ouest Secondary School

                        330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1



Media Contact and RSVP: Tory Crowder, Jumpstart communications,

416-998-9702  [email protected]


About Get Real

Founded at Western University in 2011, Get REAL is a non-profit organization that combats LGBTQ+ discrimination and bullying in schools, summer camps, and workplaces across Canada. National in scope, their programming focuses on providing positive LGBTQ+ role models, creating allies, and combatting prejudice and stereotypes through education. Between their high school after-school programs, their university chapters, and their inclusivity workshops, Get REAL has impacted over 250,000 young people to date, and the demand for their work is only growing.



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Media Contact:


Tory Crowder

Jump Start Communications

416 998 9702

[email protected]



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