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.