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# L I V E H E R O I C A L L Y

The Get REAL Movement

The Get REAL Movement is paving the way for youth and teens to tell their stories through mentor-ship, programming, and downright humanity. This non-profit organization energizes LGBTQ+ rights and has created a safe space for people to live as their authentic selves. These young adults are creating a beautiful movement filled with compassion, love, inclusiveness, and the celebration of individuality. Marley, Chris and Max, you are Heroic Humans through and through... I can't wait to see the ways in which you change the world. 

To learn more, get inspired and get involved, visit or @getrealmovement 

You are my Heroes.
Dana Clark

Marley Bowen
Executive VP 

What motivated you to get involved in Get REAL?
"I think for me it was really about about two things. The first was getting the chance to be the role model that I never had when I was younger. The first time I spoke to a gymnasium of students I was overwhelmed by the number of kids who came up and talked to me afterwards -- thanking me for sharing my story and letting me know that they now feel more comfortable being themselves. Getting the chance to be 'that' person is motivation. And the second thing is getting the chance to help build something so organically and see your own ideas come to life. That's pretty cool."

Why is voice and story-telling so crucial within your initiative?
"I think a lot of people are afraid of something they've never experienced, themselves, before. By sharing our stories we really help put a friendly face to a stereotype, term, etc. Humanizing something helps it seem more scary and ultimately helping create more understanding, compassion, and friendship. At the end of the day, we are all more alike than we are different. "

Chris Studer
Executive Director

What motivated you to get involved with Get REAL?
"I got involved with Get REAL for a few reasons. For one, I realized that I had the power to impact the first year students I was mentoring at the time at my university, especially their words and attitudes around homophobia. By taking a friendly approach, opening up a bit about some of my experiences, I was seeing one big group of students change their words and attitudes for the better, and another big group of students come out, tell us they felt like they belonged, and could be themselves for the first time. Two very different, yet incredibly meaningful outcomes from a bit of honest, non-judgy conversation. When Get REAL was pitched as a student group that would build on these experiences and try to move them into middle and high school settings, that was important to me because I hadn't always been like that. In fact, I had been part of the problem. But I'd never known anyone remotely relatable who didn't use the same slurs, or hold the same attitudes that I did back then. I thought, with the right combination of young, diverse, relatable speakers, sharing real, human connections and stories from both LGBTQ+ and ally perspectives, we had the chance to really do some good on the ground, face-to-face with students. Four students, zero start-up cash, and no prior experience. Countless mistakes, tears, and triumphs later, with over 100,000 students reached in 7 provinces and 3 states... that was the best decision I've ever been a part of."

Why is voice and story-telling so crucial within your initiative?
"I believe that prejudice, stereotypes, hatred, and fear come from seeing people less as human, and more as an "other". But when you start to get to know someone, and hear what they've gone through, all of that becomes much, much more difficult to do. I view our workshops as almost like Humans of New York, but in person. We open up to the students, and they share stories and experiences as well. Everyone goes through something a little different. But our human emotions (love, hope, stress, fear, sadness, happiness) do not discriminate, and transcend all types of people; similarly, our chosen qualities (kindness, respect, compassion, determination, bravery, integrity) can come from anyone. So really, we all have a lot in common. That's why stories are important, for us. Delivery is the other important piece. We can share the most powerful stories ever, but if students come away thinking we were condescending, disrespectful, judgemental, or aggressive, we'd be better off having not come at all. So we approach every school with kindness and honesty, a lot of respect, a bit of humour, and zero assumptions. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's something we take extremely seriously. Best job ever.".

Max Denley
VP Mentorship & Training Specialist

What motivated you to get involved with Get REAL?
"I got involved with Get REAL because I realized the importance of relatable role models, and how I lacked those growing up. I wanted to be able to be that for trans kids trying to figure themselves out. They need to be able to see regular people who happen to also be trans, doing the things they love and living happy, successful lives. I hope that by joining Get REAL, I have been able to connect with even one kid who has been able to benefit from my visibility. "

Why is voice and story-telling so crucial within your initiative?

"I think sharing personal stories is one of the best ways to erase some of the stigma surrounding various identities, and help to build empathy between people. It is so much harder to discriminate against someone you have met and gotten to know as a person just like you, rather than an abstract concept or label you've been encouraged to hate or fear. It's so important for people to realize that while we may not have the exact same experiences in life, we all feel the same emotions, and have so much more in common as human beings than we often realize.".

A Pretty Funny Interview: Dana Clark of Heroic Humans

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How I started it?
Where I plan to go with it?
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Heroic Humans is my passion, my heart, my sun and moon, and my wildest dreams. ⠀ ⠀
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Heroic Humans is a social impact movement that provides a gathering space for inspiration, celebration and empowerment. We aim to foster connections among heroic people and groups, helping to establish a broader reach and more profound influence on their individual communities. We care about authentic connections and the power behind all people and passions. Let’s join forces and recognize those who make a difference.

Heroic Humans



For the past couple months, I've been working on an idea that has completely set my heart and soul on fire. I've been laying the foundation of a social impact movement that has an unwavering mission: to inspire, celebrate and empower Heroic members of our communities.
In doing this, we can all play a part in celebrating the good versus the bad and share authentic stories, people, passions and inspirations. Heroic Humans is a space that seeks to foster acceptance and inclusion in a world wedded to judgmental social norms and constructs. It is a place that refuses to marginalize and exclude people. It is a place where we can thrive as our truest and most powerful selves.
Join me in kicking off my journey as the founder of Heroic Humans and participate as this movement shakes the world. Follow us on social media to watch it all unfold.

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Heroism comes in all forms. Whether it’s someone who lights you up, inspires you or others, or pours your favorite cup of coffee; everyone has their own story to tell and a life to change.

With your help, we can uncover raw emotion and vulnerability, overcome adverse conditions, and applaud human empowerment in all its forms.

Submit your Heroic Human and share their impact with us. We’d love to get to know them!