If we want to turn the tide on the troubling statistics, our words and actions matter too. This Pride month let’s be mindful of the importance of calling out bullying and discrimination in all its forms.
Derek Nighbor, pictured top centre in 1986-87, with his hockey team in Pembroke, Ont. 'I lived in constant fear that someone would find out I was gay, my parents wouldn’t love me anymore, and I would have no friends. It was an exhausting existence,' he writes. Today, Mr. Nighbor is now married to his husband Joey Taylor and is president and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada in Ottawa. Photograph courtesy of Derek Nighbor