FREDERICTON (GNB) – Hundreds of high school students from across the country are visiting Fredericton for OUTShine, Canada’s LGBTQI2S youth summit.

“As today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we are especially honoured to welcome to New Brunswick the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, two-spirit and ally secondary students, educators and community members from across the country who have come to Fredericton to attend the summit,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “In addition to networking and having fun, participants will have an opportunity to develop leadership skills that will serve them well in school and into their careers.”

The three-day summit is an opportunity for youth and educators to discuss what is happening in their schools and to share resources and experiences. It includes both combined and separate programming for youth and educators.

The biannual summit is presented by Egale Canada Human Rights Trust. Egale is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans human rights through research, education and community engagement.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with Egale since 2011 to promote LGBTQI2S-inclusive education in New Brunswick. In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and as a welcome to summit participants, the pride flag will be flown at the legislature.

Students who are interested can get more information and register online.