OUTShine 2019 national summit coming to Fredericton in May

Article Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019

New Brunswick has been selected to host OUTShine, Canada’s LGBTQ12S youth summit.

The three-day event is presented by Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and will take place this year at the Fredericton Convention Centre from May 17-19.

Egale is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans human rights through research, education and community engagement.

The national event will bring together LGBTQ12S students and ally youth, teacher facilitators and community members from across Canada. 

Discussions will focus on what is happening in schools, sharing resources, experiences and networking, while having fun and celebrating LGBTQ12S identities. 

​The conference will combine educational sessions and social experiences, offering both combined and separate programming for youth and educators.

Over 50 workshops are planned as well as panel discussions and activities, a formal dinner, performances and a queer prom.

Keynote speakers during the summit are Spencer West, a visionary and human rights activist, who will speak about tackling life's challenges, and Alok Vaid-Menon, an award-winning, non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, poet and LGBTQ activist. 

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with Egale since 2011 to promote LGBTQ inclusive education in New Brunswick.​ 

Schools in ASD-W have been informed on how to obtain funding for their student groups to attend the summit in May.

For more information or to register for the OUTShine 2019 event, visit the link below: