Brock McGillis

While there are still barriers to identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community, Brock McGillis is working to break them down.

Striving for equality



Brock McGillis is a former OHL and professional hockey player, having played professionally in both the United States and Europe. He is currently studying communication and sports administration at Laurentian University. Brock also works as a mentor, and provides on and off-ice training with elite level hockey players in the City of Greater Sudbury.

McGillis is the first professional hockey player to openly come out as gay. Brock has become an influential advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He speaks at schools, businesses, and conferences and provides inclusivity training for companies. McGillis wrote an article for, and participated in a number of Facebook lives for Yahoo. His story has been highlighted in newspapers and blogs across North America, and was most recently featured on CBC The National



To create equality regardless of sexuality, gender or race while focusing on the language we use and how we can shift it to become more inclusive. To educate LGBTQ+ youth on loving themselves and developing strategies on how they can best accept themselves. To speak to all youth across North America and help them shift their language, treating others with respect and becoming a support system for LGBTQ+ youth.