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 has conducted a series of interviews with self advocates and is currently using community-based participatory methods to co-create, produce and evaluate a participatory theatre project on sexual health, sexuality and intellectual disability.

We are proud to be partnering with the Community Living Society on this project.


We are creating socially relevant theatre that engages, challenges and empowers.

A Theatre Company comprised of self advocates supported by the Community Living Society  has been created as part of the project. Lead by UBC  CIC Researcher Dr. Leyton Schnellert and supported by production and technical teams with members from CLS and UBC Theatre and Film students, the Company will be performing May 15, 16 and 17, 2019 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and May 25, 2019 at the Inclusion BC Learning Event in Victoria, BC.

The Company has named this performance Romance, Relationships and Rights.

Tickets will be on sale April 1.

“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

Partners:  Community Living Society, City of New Westminster, Anvil Centre

Research Team:  Dr. Rachelle Hole (UBC Okangan School of Social Work), Dr. Tim Stainton (UBC Vancouver School of Social Work), Dr. Leyton Schnellert (UBC Faculty of Education), Ross Chilton (Community Living Society).

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.