Andrea Barrica

Founder and CEO at O.school
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Andrea is the founder and CEO of O.school, a science-based and shame-free sex education platform.

She was raised in a religious, conservative, first-generation Filipino-American family that only taught abstinence. Struggling with her own sexuality and the shameful messages she received about sex and the importance of virginity, she couldn't find reliable resources online. She became obsessed with the question: what exists between Planned Parenthood and porn? She needed help, information, and support when she was 18, and it took her years to feel confident and comfortable with her sexuality.

The mission at O.school is to make sure the next generation has more trusted resources than we did.

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  • Speaking to Metro Weekly on Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill:

    “This bill would heavily endanger LGBTQ youth. It would endanger their physical health through physical violence and bullying, it would endanger their mental health through depression, anxiety and potentially even increase the rate of suicide,” Andrea Barrica, a sex education advocate and founder of O.school, an online sexual education forum, told Metro Weekly. “Because when you stigmatize something, you are implying that there is something wrong or something, not right or not ‘normal.’ And children need more presentations that LGBTQ identities are normal, that they’re a part of everyday life."

    10 March 2022
  • Speaking to Metro Weekly on Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill:

    “I have seen and I have heard lived experiences of students who have been outed and have become homeless and have lost major opportunities in their lives because of other people’s perception of their sexuality,” Barrica added.

    10 March 2022
  • Speaking to Metro Weekly about Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill:

    “I think there is a lot of discussion about parents rights to control what their children are or are exposed to. But what we need to focus on is the safety and public health of youth,” she said. “And a lot of this stems from fear and the fact that many parents have not received sex education themselves. … We need to acknowledge that most people in the U.S. today didn’t receive this type of education about gender and sexuality. And while we can understand that that can be hard for them, it does not mean that we should put their comfort level over the safety of youth, because youth need and deserve a right and a voice in this country.”

    10 March 2022
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