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The main sport here in Canada is Hockey, no surprise there. I’m not into sports, but my family are hockey fans in a big way!


The following two links are important, not because they are related to hockey, but because, there is a change happening in the locker rooms of hockey teams, a change to make those locker rooms, and the play on the ice, safe places for players who are gay.


In 2009 Brendan Burke, the son of Brian Burke, general manager of the “Toronto Maple Leafs” came out as a gay man. Brendan was also the manager of a college level hockey team. The Burke family supported Brendan in every way possible. Tragically Brendan Burke was killed in a traffic accident a few months later. The Burke family have continued Brendan’s work by forming the ”You Can Play Project” (link below) The message is very clear, "Athletes should be judged on talent, heart and work ethic, not sexual orientation.

The first of the planned videos is now being played during hockey games. Slurs used during games, are now punished. It is only a start, but an important one.


http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/play-behind-patrick-burke-bold-effort-using-nhl-143441932.html
http://youcanplayproject.org/

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stress_kitten
Mar. 5th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
I may have to rethink my automatic knee-jerk dislike of Brian Burke as being associated with the Toronto Maple Leafs. :-P
twicet
Mar. 5th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Ah! a true hockey fan.:) If I remember correctly he was the GM here in the nineties!



stress_kitten
Mar. 5th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
Hehe... not exactly. But you can't live in Vancouver without at least giving lip-service to a Toronto Maple Leafs hatred. Especially not if you have rabid-hockey-fan friends.
twicet
Mar. 6th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
My family fall into the "rabid-hockey-fan" category! I usually stay well away, and leave them to it.:)
albertesmor
Mar. 5th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what it's like in the locker rooms, but it has always annoyed me when the spectators use gay slurs in their chants, or not even slurs just using being gay as an insult. Not sure I'm making sense, but I remember a chant from way back when Michel Platini was captain of the French football team, saying something like he was gay married to Ray. And it was scary that it was used as an insult. I actually think that's much worse than using slurs.
Good thing that people get up and fight it.
twicet
Mar. 6th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I think with there now being consequences for players who use such slurs, it will have an impact on the fans. Hockey fans, on the whole are really not all that bad.

To see Brian Burke, and how he had handled everything, has been very moving. This is a very outspoken man, who has a history, of being blunt in the extreme. To see his support first of his son, and then the desire to change the game they love, making it a safe place for gay players, has given many pause to think their own prejudices.

Love your icon! so very true.
spike7451
Mar. 6th, 2012 09:53 am (UTC)
A very important start indeed. Here's hoping his message spreads to all sports!
twicet
Mar. 6th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
If it has an impact here on hockey, which is a really big sport here, then yes! hopefully it will spread to include all sports.

We do have a general anti-slur campaign going on here, but hockey players have a much bigger impact on our youth.
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