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North County LGBTQ Resource Center to present "Words Hurt" campaign reception

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- In an effort to create a safer environment in local schools, Carlsbad High School and the North County LGBTQ Resource Center have teamed up to present the "Words Hurt" campaign, which will include a student art show and reception at 5 pm Saturday, June 9.

Recognizing that bullying has become a major problem in schools nationwide, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Carlsbad High screened the film “That’s So Gay” and had a discussion about it. Noticing that the bullying epidemic had hit their school as well, the students decided to create a campaign that would put an end to hurtful words.

While the GSA promoted and supported the campaign, it quickly became popular across the campus and was embraced by most of the school. Students enrolled in the school’s graphic design and photography courses created the images for the campaign, which include all sorts of visual mediums.

Organizers of the project hope it will raise awareness of the destruction that is caused by hate speech and bullying, and want to help other schools start their own “Words Hurt Campaign.”

Saturday’s reception is free and open to the public. Participants will be able to meet the artists and view their work. Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.

The event will take place at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, 510 North Coast Highway in Oceanside.

For more information or to learn how to start a “Words Hurt” campaign, contact Carolyn Bolton at ProjectYouth@NCResourceCenter.org.