Get REAL & Canadian University College

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Sapphire (top left, on the right) and Chantal (top left, on the left); the pins we sent over to them; and a shot of CUC.

The coolest part about Get REAL is the support that trickles down from completely unexpected places. A little while back we got an email from Sapphire Woods saying she wanted to do a piece on us for her newspaper at Canadian University College, in Lacombe, Alberta. Already we were thinking: yes, and what a phenomenal name. Then she went on to say that her school was quite religious and that there was the potential for controversy following the article. By now, we were thinking: YES, WHEN can we do this? Tomorrow? Today? We were very excited. And this has since become one of the coolest partnerships Get REAL has developed so far.

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Regarding a controversy, Sapphire was right. (This comes as no surprise, as she is one of the sharpest young activists we’ve ever spoken to). The “hot topic” of LGBT inclusivity/homophobia had not been broached in such a way before, and Sapphire’s article was definitely in support of a change in the atmosphere at CUC. BUT we are happy to report that since Sapphire has begun working with us and with CUC, the college has seen students and professors speak out in support, and has developed – for the first time ever – three safe spaces for open discussion concerning things such as orientation, sexuality, and how that all fits in with religion! We could not be happier with how things are going over there. The next step is a speaker series, which she hopes will foster and open up greater discussion of these issues. Sapphire is a brave and intelligent individual who doesn’t mind causing a bit of a stir. And we love her for that!¬†We cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.