Em­brac­ing di­ver­sity

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS -

The Rain­bow District School Board will host its ninth sym­po­sium aimed at cre­at­ing and en­hanc­ing school-based sup­ports for stu­dents who are les­bian, gay, trans­gen­der, bi­sex­ual, ques­tion­ing and two-spir­ited (LGTBQ2S), as well as stu­dents with friends and fam­ily mem­bers in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties. The Em­brace Di­ver­sity: Free to Be Me con­fer­ence will take place on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lex­ing­ton Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, on Brady Street. The day’s events will kick-off at 10 a.m. with a key­note ad­dress from Sud­bury na­tive Brock McGil­lis. The for­mer OHL goalie be­came the first pro­fes­sional hockey player to pub­licly come out as a gay man. His story has gar­nered na­tional me­dia coverage from ma­jor news out­lets. McGil­lis has quickly be­come an in­flu­en­tial ad­vo­cate for the LGTBQ2S com­mu­nity. He has de­liv­ered sev­eral pre­sen­ta­tions to schools and in­clu­siv­ity train­ing to busi­nesses. McGil­lis’ mis­sion is to cre­ate equal­ity, re­gard­less of sex­u­al­ity, gen­der or race, and to en­cour­age youth to shift their lan­guage, treat oth­ers with re­spect and to be a sup­port sys­tem for LGTBQ2S youth. McGil­lis cur­rently stud­ies com­mu­ni­ca­tions and sports ad­min­is­tra­tion at Laurentian Univer­sity, and pro­vides men­tor­ship and train­ing for elite-level hockey play­ers. Through­out the day, stu­dents will take part in a va­ri­ety of work­shops, in­clud­ing art; yoga; be­ing an ally; here I am: the story of how I be­came fab­u­lous; an­cient his­tory; growth mind­set and re­silience; healthy sex­u­al­ity; and law and rights. School lead­ers, ath­letic coun­cil mem­bers, school coun­cils, Grade 7 and 8 stu­dents, and gay-straight al­liances from Rain­bow sec­ondary schools will par­tic­i­pate. “This event is part of Rain­bow District School Board’s on­go­ing ef­forts to make eq­uity and in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion a pri­or­ity for all,” su­per­in­ten­dent Judy No­ble said in a re­lease.

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