Sex, Lies & Citizenship

Sex, Lies & Citizenship is a  3 – year community-based participatory theatre project focused on improving sexual health knowledge and positive sexuality among self advocates. The research questions guiding this project are:

1) What are self advocates’ experiences of learning about sexual health and sexuality?

2) What information is needed to achieve successful sexual health education and positive sexuality?

3) What impact does participatory theatre have on breaking down barriers and challenging stigma related to sexuality and intellectual disability?

Building on research gathered in an earlier pilot project, Sex, Lies and Citizenship will conduct a series of interviews with self advocates and use community-based participatory methods to create, produce and evaluate a participatory theatre project on sexual health, sexuality and intellectual disability. The public “theatre” will be performed in late Spring 2019 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.

“This partnership offers a unique opportunity to develop socially engaged artistic programming focused on connectivity, accessibility, healthy sexuality and inclusiveness. This collaborative project reflects our guiding principle of inclusive, accessible outreach programming and broad community engagement in New Westminster and beyond. The City of New Westminster looks forward to building an ongoing partnership and relationship with UBC Center for Inclusion and Citizenship and with the Community Living Society who will contribute to the development of innovative, original and participatory arts programming in our community.”

Biliana Velkova Arts Coordinator, City of New Westminster

Current Activities

We are presently looking for self advocates 18 years of age or older who would be interested in participating in a private and confidential interview about how they learned about sexual health, sexual rights and what their experiences were like.

If you think you might want to participate in an interview, please let us know.  Kindly complete and return the Consent to Contact form and one of our researchers will contact you.

Partners:  Community Living Society, City of New Westminster

Research Team:  Dr. Rachelle Hole (UBCO School of Social Work), Dr. Tim Stainton (UBC V School of Social Work), Dr. Leyton Schnellert (UBCO Faculty of Education), Ross Chilton (Community Living Society), Becky Gold (UBC Department of Theatre and Film)

Funded By:  Vancouver Foundation


If you have any questions about how you can be involved please contact the Lead Researcher Dr. Rachelle Hole at or Cindy Chapman, the Project Coordinator at or 604-822-5872.  Postcards are available. Please contact Cindy if you`d like to receive them in the mail.