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Brendan Burke's Life Marked for Deletion on Wikipedia


Do you think the late Brendan Burke's life story, which has helped break barriers of homophobia in professional hockey, should stay on Wikipedia?

Burke, who made international headlines with his professional hockey coach father Brian, after coming out publicly, died on Friday in a weather-related automobile accident in Indiana.

Some Wikipedian homophobes have marked his page for deletion as "Not Notable". Wikipedians, have at it.

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  1. How tasteless..I knew they were cruel...but not this cruel....

    Posted by: alan brickman | Feb 8, 2010 7:39:37 PM

  2. Justin & Liminium, hope when you die we do the same to you and that your parents are very happy larry.

    Only fair bros.

    Posted by: Rowen | Feb 8, 2010 7:51:20 PM

  3. I made my comments, which included an argument that many people have their own articles in Wikipedia either solely or almost solely because of a famous parent using one of President Bush's twins (whose name I've already forgotten) as an example. There are a number of idiots at Wikipedia who are anal about their interpretation of rules who need the chair kicked out from under them and this is probably a good example of it--and why I don't really do a lot of editing at Wikipedia despite being an established participant.

    Posted by: Mort | Feb 8, 2010 9:14:14 PM

  4. Can the issue not be spoken of in terms fitting the dignity and courage of Mr. Burke? I think he was meant to build bridges and change behavior in the difficult world of pro sports. He was doing that. Instead of pointing fingers, follow his example. It is difficult to change a persons mind when pointing a finger in their face.

    Posted by: Peiter | Feb 8, 2010 9:54:09 PM

  5. The page should not be deleted! Fighting for Gay Rights is not easy.

    Posted by: James S. Klich II | Feb 10, 2010 6:26:20 PM

  6. Accusing Wikipedia editors of homophobia in this particular instance says a lot more about the person making the accusation than it does about the editors. I used to be a prolific editor under this name (feel free to check my edit history for my queer cred) and while I encountered more than a little homophobia in this case it's not the motivating factor or even on the radar. The discussion is rooted in Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. Shrieking "homophobia!" and histrionically claiming that Wikipedia is out to delete "Brendan Burke's life" is the mark of a drama queen and professional victim.

    Posted by: Otto4711 | Feb 12, 2010 7:30:58 PM

  7. Stop dissing Wikipedians as homophobes - I'm a gay Wikipedian and a discussion about his notability is welcome.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 14, 2010 12:03:51 PM

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