The Gay Sweater

Created by the Canadian Centre of Gender & Sexual Diversity
Visit to donate, download educational kits, and learn more about The Gay Sweater Project.

Directed by Reynard Li

Directors of Photography:
Reynard Li
Rob Butterwick

Camera Assistant:
Claire Foster

Saatchi & SaatchiCanada
Executive Creative Director:Brian Sheppard
Creative Directors:Matt Antonello,Joel Arbez
Art Directors:Joel Arbez,Rachel Kennedy
Writers:Matt Antonello, Shauna Roe
Producer: Rebecca Adams
Camera Operator:Rob Butterwick
Editor: Dylan O’Donnell

Westside Studios: Vicky Lam
Instill Productions: Philip Rostron

Executive Producer: Wendy Linton
Colourist: Roslyn Di Sisto

567 VFX & Relish Editing
Executive Producer: Lucy O’Neill
Senior Producer: Connie Dercho
Online Artist:Astrid Cardenas
Executive Producer: Lucy O’Neill
Editor: Chris Murphy
Assistant Editor:Michael Barker

Executive Producer: Jeff Cohen
Producer: Dustin Anstey
Sound Engineer: Ryan Chalmers

Third Star Films
Editor: Ryan Denmark

Special Thanks To:

Everyone who donated their hair to the Gay Sweater

Canadian Centre of Gender & Sexual Diversity
Jeremy Dias – Director
Cameron Aitken – Educator
Hannah Collins – Educator
Lyra Evans – Educator
Zac Johnstone – Board of Directors
Kirkland Reinhart – Educator
Zack Ward – Educator

Lettuce Knit:
Amelia Lyon – Knitter
Brenna Macdonald – Knitter

Gavin Crawford – Actor, comedian

University of Toronto
Ashley Monks – Professor, biological psychology

Ash Beckham – Comedian, activist
Katherine Barber – “Canada’s Word Lady”

Salon OnePhilip Nazaruk – Hair stylist

Kelly Clipperton – Hair stylist, performer

Kelly McCluskey – Hair donor

Jennifer McConville – Stylist

Elizabeth Rowe – Hair & Makeup

Cleo Roberts – Model

Street Interviews (in order of appearance):
Aldona Serniak
Ashleen Polonco
Alyssa Keighan
Kelsey Wallace
Danielle Leung
Darren Hui
Jenna Marie Comrie
Mike Constable
Cathy McMaster
Natalie Cuda
Nadine Hajjar
Lawrence Allen White

Relish Editing
567 VFX
RMW Music
Westside Studios
Instill Productions

Chairman Ting Industries
Carson Ting – Illustrator

Laven Labels: Lee McLaven, Tim Elliot

Saatchi & Saatchi Canada
TPM Communications

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38 comments for “The Gay Sweater

  1. Kieran Brameld
    April 22, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Maaaaaan, fuck religion. Most if everything they do is either misinformed ,
    or they go off on stupid rants about shit like this which is obviously
    wrong. Also, why talk shit in a cartoon? Its just fucking childish
    entertainment. I swear, religion is so fucked up. 

  2. pjt
    April 22, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Ash and Misty Never Hooked up. Thus proving he’s gay!

  3. J.I. Vargas
    April 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Wait a minute.. People still believe in god?

  4. 0x0BEAR0x0
    April 21, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    pokemon doesnt turn you gay, sam does

  5. Neo Genesis Gaming
    April 21, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Yay for Christians… At it again I see. -_-

  6. Kawaii kawaii
    April 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    “Gotta catch them all” is also “I love satan” backwards

  7. RealSuperSand
    April 21, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Pokemon does not make you gay, but the main character, Ass ketchup, IS
    undeniably gay. Or at least into pokeality.

  8. ProDeedZ
    April 21, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Ash is GAY! He has had 5 hot female companions going on journeys with them
    and he hasnt banged NOT ONE! He wants the Pikatchu dick. 

  9. crunkinthis
    April 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    How can u become gay when u had misty growing up…. 

  10. Twistedeyes11
    April 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    This is why I’m an athiest 

  11. Christian News (GUG Production)
    April 21, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Are there any sources for this except the sketchy ChristNews site? They
    said it was found in a study by Dollar but didn’t source the study. We
    wanted to talk about it on our Christian geek site because it’s so
    ridiculous, but need a reliable source.

  12. Richard Baker
    April 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    It still amazes me there are people stupid enough to think people can
    “turn” gay or back straight when we know that sexuality is pretty much an
    inherited trait. I find it disturbing how much others care about peoples
    orientation, let people do whatever they want behind closed doors as long
    as kids or animals aren’t involved.

  13. josezacarias21
    April 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    If little boys think Cloyster is an image of a vagina, I could see why they
    would turn gay. Who would stick their dick in that?!

  14. Abigail Porcaro
    April 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    As someone who is confidently straight and was just playing Pokemon
    literally before watching this video i’d like to disagree,now if you excuse
    me i’m going to go pray to my dark lord satan while chanting the poke-rap

  15. Christopher John
    April 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I’m Christian and I think that pastor’s an Absol-ute idiot.

  16. Demi C
    April 21, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I’m christian aaaaaaannnnndddd i disagree…. Like seriously! Even my mum
    who stopped me from watching pokemon was on the reasons because its the
    devil because they are creatures fighting each other or i actually forgot
    the reason because i still watched it with my brother.
    Christians like this ruin children’s childhood. My parents went to a church
    and they were told that children should watch anything remotely magic like
    so my parents took away mulan, little mermaid, beauty and the beast, every
    disney movie because of the 666 bullshit on the disney logo! And oh it
    didn’t end there they didn’t let me watch Harry Potter, lord of the rings
    which is my favourite movie every or read the books they took them away
    from me!
    Thinking back i missed a lot of my favourite shows and books and movies
    because some ignorant person said so.
    My parents left the church they now go to a new one and every time i remind
    them of what they did they regret it and the look and their face when i
    remind them is sort of heartbreaking because they know how wrong they
    Parents let you children watch what they want to watch and you could still
    teach them the word of God without restricting them from enjoying movies
    and shows they generally like and enjoy. 

  17. Alex Kolberg
    April 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I play(ed) pokemon religiously and I’m kinda gay. But I always found Misty
    pretty cute…

  18. BetaDrive
    April 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve played every single Pokemon video game, and I like women.

    I mean I like a pinky in my butt occasionally, but…

  19. The Gaming Archer
    April 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Stuff like this really makes me angry. I get so annoyed when people blame
    videogames as the reason younger people are not to their liking. Does
    playing Grand Theft Auto make you a psychopath in real life. NO! Does
    playing Pokémon make you gay or make you praise Satan. NO!!! Video games
    aren’t the problem, people.

  20. Charlie Clifton-Brown
    April 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    but hey, that’s just a theory, a GAME THEORY. Thanks for watching.

  21. barbasfear16
    April 21, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    idk, I loved Pokemon growing up and I turned out
    super-mega-doing-butt-stuff-with-other-dudes gay.

  22. 12ryanjackson
    April 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This explains a lot about my friends. DAMN YOU POKEMON! 

  23. Blackman Whitesuit
    April 21, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I felt like Steve and Sam needed to switch scripts…

  24. ThePunisher1028
    April 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    If anything it makes you Pan. Gotta catch em all!

  25. Tray Baby
    April 21, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Do people forget that gay meant happy first? 0:35 People are overly
    sensitive. It’s just a word that would probably change/have a different
    meaning in the next 50 years.

  26. LightflashLP
    April 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    As a gay guy. This video is so gay. 

  27. Jayson Stewart
    April 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    The abhorrent, juvenile and bigoted comments in this stream are proof of
    why ANY action to combat homophobia and hatred is valuable.

  28. Jessica Ruano
    April 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Are the buttons gay, too?

  29. Auron1Roxas2
    April 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    This is the stupidest shit ever. I don’t give a fuck about how gays feel
    it’s really fucking stupid.

  30. Symbolic Living
    April 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Heard this on the radio this morning – The Gay Sweater becomes a cultural
    symbol of tolerance and acceptance created from human hair in response to
    the commonly used statement, “That’s so gay,” in an effort to bring
    awareness to, and change, how society has become accustomed to the routine
    use of language in demeaning ways. #art #culture #society
    #transformation #awareness #thegaysweater 

    April 21, 2015 at 10:38 am
  32. Toronto Batman
    April 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

    1:40 why isn’t she wearing any shoes?

  33. Scotty Wish
    April 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

    What a brilliant idea to show people you’re no different than anyone else. *cough

  34. Ari Aula Arikae
    April 21, 2015 at 9:45 am

    OK – do you wash it with shampoo and conditioner… or do you have it dry
    cleaned? lol Anywho… is it weird that I wish I owned The Gay Sweater? lol
    It looks cool!

  35. Greg Wycliffe
    April 21, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Gay hair is NOT different, just like Gay people are NOT different (maybe

    I understand there are good intentions behind the project but I see this as
    a step backwards for LGBT rights. It differentiates Gays as being
    something DIFFERENT, something SEPARATE, something GAY. We should be
    striving for SAMENESS, ONENESS.
    In regards to preventing people from saying “That’s so Gay”: that’s like
    trying to get people to stop listening to shitty pop music or make a
    dumbass stop being a dumbass… Its not gonna happen. Straight people
    ruined it again and repurposed the word in a negative way. Sorry. But don’t
    Fret. Gay people are amazing and they should be enlightened enough to
    realize they cannot control the culture of a dim population. In fact
    claiming Hair has a sexual orientation just makes us look dim.

  36. Sharon Constable
    April 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Surely there must be some gay sheep or alpacas out there (more comfortable
    on the skin). Gay farm animals, step up!

  37. OnionBocata
    April 21, 2015 at 8:27 am

    it looks like it’s been found inside a gay trash can 

  38. Valun Vladimir
    April 21, 2015 at 7:50 am

    As a bi male I must say this is disgusting and unneeded. Please stop
    forcing your agenda down everyone’s throats and let people think and say
    what they want to think and say.

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