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March 19, 2020
Over the last few weeks and days, much has developed regarding the global response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The health and well-being of our team and the communities we seek to serve is our priority. We also strive to support the health and well-being of communities around the globe and to follow advice to #FlattenTheCurve.
In light of what’s important to us, we made the decision to close our downtown Vancouver office earlier this week. Our entire team is working from home and will not participate in-person meetings, instead seeking to convene by phone and digitally.
We are actively monitoring ongoing updates by our local health authority, centre for disease control, governments, and media, while paying close attention to the situation worldwide. With this in mind, all public events and presentations organized by Out On Screen will be suspended for the next month. Assessments about further impacts to Out On Screen operations and programming suspensions will be made weekly, and when it makes sense, we will communicate these to you.
Out In Schools plays a pivotal role in promoting safe and inclusive learning environments, free from transphobia, homophobia, and bullying across BC. To ensure that everyone has access to our dynamic presentations, we will be considering requests for online alternatives on a case by case basis. We look forward to re-scheduling all suspended presentations and bringing authentic stories to young people across the province once we resume normal operations.
We are resilient—LGBT2Q+ communities are glittery examples of how we rise to occasion to support one another. As the following days, weeks, and months bring new challenges, we will find ways to stay connected and care for one another. Please consider how you can support the queer artists in your communities who give us so much, and are disproportionately affected during this time.
We encourage you to reach us by email during our normal operation hours of 9AM – 5PM. If you are unsure who to contact please reference our website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to consider supporting Out On Screen during this time as we are not unaffected by the financial impacts of this unprecedented time. If you’d like to, you may make a donation here. Regardless, we appreciate you during this time and throughout the year.
Stephanie Goodwin, Out On Screen Executive Director