Xtra reporters talk to a couple Vancouver Canucks players on acceptance of gay players within the sport, within the Vancouver Canucks themselves, and the You Can Play message.
Great clip of a same-sex couple getting engaged on the ice during an Ottawa/Toronto game over the weekend. Congrats to the happy couple and to the fans and NHL for being so supportive.
Great story about a gay jock’s coming out process.
Wicked video funded by the Burke family and supported by a number of hockey players from the NHL.
Visit You Can Play for more informaiton about the organization and how to support it.
Former Australian Field Hockey Goalie Gus Johnston comes our and discusses homophobia within sport.
NHL player Wayne Simmonds responds to the apparent homophobic comment (fucking faggot) that he said to Sean Avery. Simmonds himself appeared to be the target of hate for his race when a fan threw a banana on ice earlier this month.
A good Canadian boy voicing his support for equality
Hockey star Sean Avery has come out in support of any gay hockey players.
“If there’s a kid in Canada or wherever, who is playing and really loves the game and wants to keep playing but he’s worried about coming out, I’d tell him to pick up the phone and call [NHLPA executive director] Donald Fehr and tell him to book me a [plane] ticket… I’ll stand beside him in the dressing room while he tells his teammates he is gay. Maybe if Sean Avery is there, they would have less of a problem with it.”
Apparently coming out as gay in the hockey world, having Brian Burke as your father, and then meeting an untimely death at a young age only shortly after coming out publicly doesn’t make one notable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Brendan_Burke.
I would beg to differ as he was a trailblazer for queer people not just involved in hockey but involved in sport in North America.
I am surprise wiki is actually considering removing him. The article can be seen here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Burke