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Happy Pink Shirt Day!

By David Ng On April 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hello Cool World is proud to be a partner for Pink Shirt Day!

For those who don't know - Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia, where a student was bullied for wearing pink.  The friends of the student that was bullied, David Shepherd and Travis Price, distributed pink shirts to grade 9 students who wore them in support of their friend who was bullied.  Since then, pink shirt day is celebrated all over the world as a statement against bullying and homophobia.

We love this demonstration of solidarity against bullying!  

One of my favorite campaigns that we did a few years ago was called the "Super Power Project" where we used video to help youth tell stories about gender oppression and violence against women.  What was interesting, was that we were able to engage with boys about how to be allies to people around them that might be having difficult experiences.  While we may not share the same experiences, the great thing about solidarity is that we can still support those around us, and build a community of caring, empathetic, loving people.  Pink shirt day is great example of how we can do that!

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David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international development.

Happy 13th Birthday to Us! :)

By David Ng On February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
 
Happy Thirteenth Birthday to Hello Cool World! (we're Cool teenagers now!)
 
We want to join with our friends at the Canadian Federation of Sexual Health, and OptBC to 'Heart Your Parts' on this Valentine's day. 
 
February 14th is always a special day to us because it not only marks our birthday as a company, but also because "LOVE" is such a big part of the work that we do. We've been known for our sexy campaigns in the past,and as we like to say, 'putting safe sex in advertising where it belongs." But we also do some work that's more heart-felt than risque.
 
We particularly love working with Chee Mamuk (Aboriginal program of the BC CDC), on their sexual health campaigns around HIV. 

Last month, we did a photo shoot with a group of six people who are all affected by HIV in some way for a new book that Chee Mamuk is putting together.  All the participants talked about how love and support from their communities is so important. One woman who is HIV positive told us about how she was able to get healthier because of her partner, and how his love and commitment - as someone who is HIV negative - was the ultimate support that allowed her to get help and get healthy. We're just working on the layout of this book now, so stay tuned for when it launches.
 
All of this work reminds us that love is the only way that we can conquer stigma around HIV, and love is the best way we can support those living with HIV. You can also check out a short video we did for Chee Mamuk and the First Nations Health Authority about the Around the Kitchen Table program.
 
We're very committed to all our work around sexual health, and harm reduction. Another project  with 'heart' that we're working on is the Toward the Heart Website and e'zine. Check it out! We're looking forward to connecting with more people who are doing sexual health work in our communities. Stay tuned.

Here's to another year of social justice!

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