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.