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Toronto Maple Leafs Manager Brian Burke Helps Launch Website Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Toronto Maple Leafs manager Brian Burke, whose gay son Brendan died in a car accident in February, is making good on his promise to be a gay rights advocate in memory of Brendan. Burke participated in the launch of a website today aimed at curbing anti-gay bullying, the Toronto Sun reports:

Burke "Leafs general manager Brian Burke asked media to shut off their cameras before he broke down during his speech on gay rights and anti-bullying in front of hundreds of parents, educators and students. Burke was asked Monday morning to help launch a new Website,, which is the first national resource dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) youth at the Sutton Place Hotel. ... 'We have to get to a point where you can go to school free of fear,' Burke said. 'Fear is a horrible emotion to feel and smaller kids get picked on and gay kids get picked on. It's got to stop.' The website was created to protect the human rights of LGBTQ Canadians when bullying is still rampant in schools."

A class act.

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  1. Still no openly gay hockey players. He should be looking inside hockey leagues and combating antigay bigotry which keeps gay players from being themselves.

    Posted by: Bill | May 17, 2010 1:10:36 PM

  2. What a wonderful father. No wonder Brendan was such a courageous young man.

    Posted by: Joseph | May 17, 2010 1:35:06 PM

  3. He's doing great work

    Posted by: KFLO | May 17, 2010 3:08:38 PM

  4. How can anyone say anything bad about this guy concerning gay issues? He's obviously sincere and a class act. And the death of his 22 year old (gay) son in a car accident has devastated the man, his wife and family.

    Posted by: John in Boston | May 17, 2010 5:33:33 PM

  5. Why is it always the U.S. that fights wars around the world to preserve human rights, but it's CANADA that actually GIVES human rights to it's citizens? Crazy, eh? Go Leafs!

    Posted by: Jay Croce | May 17, 2010 7:06:18 PM

  6. In the late times, the Maple Leafs team has seen some confusion, but this does not mean that order won’t come back again. Heal is in coming after illness!

    Posted by: Toronto Maple Leafs Tickets | Nov 12, 2010 4:53:34 AM

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