Wednesday, July 7, 2010

homophobia in the nhl....

dude...
check out this article i found on the blue and copper report....


k, i didnt read through all the comments... i think the article speaks volumes about where we stand as gay men in amateur sports, especially hockey...

i belonged to a great group of mostly lgbtq people the had in common some personal experience with being closeted and playing sports, especially hockey... that it blew up in our faces points to a real need for the nhl and the nhlpa to cowboy up and make a push for inclusion and tolerance at all levels in the sport i love...

if more of us, especially in amateur sports felt supported and safe, we could significantly change the professional playing field... prolly not tomorrow, or even next week, but change is good and its already happening... that brian burke is an nhl big shot is a great start.. the stanley cup and brent sopel in the chicago gay pride parade, brian burke in the toronto gay pride parade in a leafs jersey, all epic.. brendan, my hero, take a look at what you started... youre magic...

how many of us that quit playing when we were in high school or college out of fear might have gone on to great things in some professional sports capacity.. as players or agents, or whatever.. if not for the perception and often reality that they hate us...
like brendan burke might have.... his coming out was a great beginning... you really are the magic man..

its now time for the nhl, nhlpa, and all the rest to move forward the positive change that brendan began, that brian, patrick, brent and lord stanley continue.... creating a safe place for lgbtq athletes to be full members of the teams we play for in the game we love so much....

- cheers.... david

2 comments:

  1. I agree. It is in part a generational issue - the older people in power in sports and the world are more homophobic or ignorant that younger players. But it's important for everyone that can to be out, especially people playing sports.

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  2. @ g&p.. i think youre right, homophobia runs pretty deep in the locker rooms and front office organizations of teams sports and in sports especially in the united states (i guess africa too)... i think that all of us who are out and involved in sports at any level need to cowboy up and work to realize brendans dream....

    - cheers.... david

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