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Richmond celebrates Pride Week

Former professional hockey player to talk about his coming out journey during Richmond's Pride Week
Brock McGillis will be talking about his coming out journey at a Richmond Pride Week event.

While COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted, the City of Richmond is hosting in-person and virtual activities to celebrate Pride Week.

Pride events are held internationally at various times throughout the year to commemorate the history of the LGBT rights movement and recognize the value of diversity and inclusion that Pride events have come to symbolize, according to the City of Richmond

This year’s activities include poetry and art workshops, storytimes, outdoor music performances and an online presentation by Brock McGillis, the first male professional hockey player to openly come out as gay.

McGillis will be leading an online Zoom presentation to share his coming-out journey and current advocacy for LGBTQ2S+ rights. The session will cover themes of self-empowerment, inclusivity, mental health and non-conformity through real-life stories.

The former Ontario Hockey League member’s one-hour session requires registration and will take place on July 29 from noon to 1 p.m.

 “Pride Week is about celebrating our LGBTQ2S+ communities who have contributed significantly to the vibrancy and enrichment of community life in the city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“As we gradually and safely resume our normal social contacts, we are pleased to offer in-person events in addition to virtual activities this year.”

To view and register for the city’s Pride Week activities, visit