Monday, March 12, 2012

Fighting Homophobia in Professional Ice Hockey

Patrick Burke and his father Brian are working to change the "casual homophobia" in professional Ice Hockey.  Patrick's brother Brendan came out as gay a year before he died in a car accident in 2010.

This ad features

Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets; Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks; Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers; Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders; Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers; Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators; Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers; Corey Perry  of the Anaheim Ducks; Andy Greene of the New Jersey Devils; Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs; and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

Patrick Burke hopes You Can Play can help achieve his late brother's dreams for the sport in every level: That it becomes a place of acceptance, support and safety for gay athletes, to the point that one day an openly gay player can compete for a National Hockey League team without incident and feeling secure about it.

Because as long as they can play, they can play.
It's a great article, and a great campaign. 


ps - My thanks to Heather for sharing this with me, so I could share it with all of you!

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