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Change Room Project highlights the LGBT experience in locker rooms

Locker rooms can be the source of anxiety for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people - something the Change Room Project is trying to draw attention to.
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      The locker rooms at the University of Toronto's Goldring Centre are just like any other: flourescent lighting, lockers, and steamed-up mirrors. Except, scrawled on the wall in giant black letters, is this: 

      Stacy Venturo stands in front of her 'Change Room Project' statement in a University of Toronto locker room. (Sook-Yin Lee)

      That thought-provoking statement is part of The Change Room Project, which has installed quotes in locker rooms across the U of T campus. It's a way to raise awareness about the challenges and anxiety that some LGBT people face when they enter change rooms. 

      Day Milman, one of the coordinators of the project, says it's important to amplify these voices in a place where queer people don't always feel welcome. 

      "I really hope that [people will] stop and put themselves in someone else's shoes – even if it's for 12 seconds," said Milman.

      "Just to understand what someone else's experience will be like."

      Click the 'listen' button above to hear Sook-Yin talk with University of Toronto students Luca Nagy and Stacey Venturo, whose quotes have been featured as part of the project.