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NHL Players Speak Out Against Homophobia, Part 2: VIDEO


NHL Players James Van Riemsdyk (PHI), Mark Fayne (NJD), Frans Nielsen (NYI), Tyler Bozak (TOR), George Parros (ANA), Brandon Prust (NYR), David Steckel (TOR), Andy Greene (NJD), RJ Umberger (CBJ) and Brian Boyle (NYR) join Patrick and Brian Burke in the second PSA for their You Can Play Project, fighting homophobia in hockey.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Well done, gentlemen.

    I can play, so call me.

    Posted by: Alan | Mar 30, 2012 2:00:31 PM

  2. If you can play and you can score and you can FIGHT....then you are welcome among us, regardless of sexual orientation.

    If not, then no deal.

    Exactly what the message to gay men should be: Be a man and we will respect you as a man; fail to do so......and you know what the consequences will be.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 30, 2012 2:09:33 PM

  3. The consequences will be... RICK will hate you.

    I'm okay with that.

    RICK - STILL an idiot!

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 30, 2012 2:17:26 PM

  4. Brian Burke is an amazing man and his continued advocacy for the entire LGBT Community is inspiring.

    He marches with us at Pride in Toronto every year, representing fathers who love, support and champion their LGBT children.

    He's a real man - he stands up for, and in solidarity with, ALL lgbt people - regardless of their image, aesthetic, sociological "subgroup" or anything else.

    He does not distance himself from the community in any way. That's what a real man does.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 30, 2012 2:22:49 PM

  5. Awww, TJ, I would let you be my little cheerleader, any day. You can even use pink pom-poms if you want to. And be sure to bring along the purple roses that Kiwi "tossed" you the other day.


    Posted by: Rick | Mar 30, 2012 2:23:38 PM

  6. Rick, your comment is senseless. There's no mention of 'consequences' if one fails to act like a man... stop looking for bullies and threats in this commendable PSA. You sound like a professional victim.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 30, 2012 2:26:06 PM

  7. The only cheerleading I intend to do, Pitiful Creature, will be when you disappear.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 30, 2012 2:27:15 PM

  8. Rick, do you honestly believe what you type or do you just troll this site? They are saying "if you can play the sport [regardless of sexual orientation] then you can be an professional athlete. Nothing matters except skill." Don't try to corrupt the message with your hate-baiting ignorance.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Mar 30, 2012 2:28:17 PM

  9. Rick...with no due respect, you are an idiot. The message is that if you've got the talent, you are welcome to play in the NHL just like anyone else.

    If only blogs weren't so willing to allow just anyone to post comments....

    Posted by: Jack | Mar 30, 2012 2:28:50 PM

  10. @Paul Not consequences as in being bullied or threatened in any way. Just not being respected, which is the bottom line for most straight men when it comes to gay men.

    The real issue most straight men have with gay men is their lack of masculinity.....and this commercial clearly gets the message across that, IF you embrace the same standards of masculine behavior that we do--including a willingness to fight when necessary, then you will be accepted.

    The "if" clearly implies an "if not,".....without being explicit about it, in line with the positive tone of the message to young gay men.

    Superbly done and I hope it helps young gay men to see the light and helps steer them away from the culture of effeminacy and the self-destructive behavior that usually results from embracing it....and towards an embrace of masculine values that will result in them being fully accepted by other men and by society in general.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 30, 2012 2:34:00 PM

  11. guys, Rick is of course a troll. He doesn't believe any of the things he types - if he did he'd be adamant about being seen as a Strong, Masculine Empowered Man.

    Rick is to "effeminate gay men" what Anti-Gay Conservative Christian Republicans are to "homosexuals" - they screech loudly about what they hate to distract from the truth that it's what they actually are.

    If Rick believed his tripe, he'd be showing himself as a Strong Masculine Role Model. He's not one. Therefore the continued nonsensical ramblings from a place of cowardly anonymity.


    Brian Burke is a real man. A man who cares about promoting Equality and understanding for all LGBT people.

    People who complain about "how we're represented" who refuse to represent themselves negate their supposed stance. truth again.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 30, 2012 2:35:04 PM

  12. aint it funny that those evil "effeminate gays" aren't the ones who are terrified of straight people? they're not the ones running away and trying to "pass for white"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 30, 2012 2:40:53 PM

  13. @FERNPLANTE and JACK Unfortunately for you, they also said "If you can FIGHT, then you can FIGHT".....which is not strictly about "playing skill"

    Look, you cannot play hockey without embracing masculine values, including the willingness to fight, so it is 6 of one and half-a-dozen of the other.

    Regardless of the context, the message any straight men would send to gay men wanting to be accepted and respected by them would be more or less the same......

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 30, 2012 2:41:02 PM

  14. and you can't claim to "fight" and "embrace masculine values" if you don't have the balls to live, each day, as an Openly Gay Man.

    Brian Burke's message is not "act like this and I'll respect you"

    it's "I accept and support you"

    I feel terrible for those gay men out there who were only able to be tolerated by Straights by doing what they said. What a cowardly way to live.

    The type who then anonymously vent their anger at "those other gays" from a place of cowardice, because they're not actually man enough to Live Out Loud.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 30, 2012 2:47:35 PM

  15. Since when is fighting a "masculine value"?

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    Posted by: Rrhain | Mar 30, 2012 2:51:24 PM

  16. Hate to break it to you, Rick, but effeminate men can fight. So can women (I know this will be a shock to your system, but it's true). Fight != be traditionally masculine except in the bizarre, twisted little world you've constructed.

    Posted by: Dan E | Mar 30, 2012 2:55:22 PM

  17. "Hate to break it to you, Rick, but effeminate men can fight"

    Then they have no excuse for letting themselves be bullied, do they?.....and therefore don't deserve any sympathy when they are, unless it is a group-on-one situation or a case of a huge size discrepancy.....(and it usually is not either one)

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 30, 2012 3:00:49 PM

  18. everyone needs to click on the "News: Marco Rubio, Rest Stops, Ryan Budget, Military Pride" news item.

    Rick makes it clear that the definition of a masculine gay man is what he is - apparently a gay man who gives mediocre oral sex.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 30, 2012 3:03:30 PM

  19. Brilliant. Important. Thank you very much guys.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 30, 2012 3:04:36 PM

  20. Trolls live to provoke reaction. Don't give them any and they die. It's that easy.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 30, 2012 3:09:08 PM


    Posted by: Alex | Mar 30, 2012 3:13:08 PM

  22. @LITTLE KIWI, "they're not the ones running away and trying to "pass for white". Brilliant as usual, I raise my jock in your honor (and no Rick, you can't have it, even though it's completely masculine from doing manly things)

    Posted by: RONTEX | Mar 30, 2012 3:16:39 PM

  23. RICK just needs to go and get arrested for giving bad head in a bus depot restroom and leave the rest of us alone.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 30, 2012 3:17:29 PM

  24. Actually, in almost every case you see reported, it *is* groups of these purportedly "real" men you so abjectly worship teaming up to bully or beat one individual (and often much smaller) gay man. I'm certain, of course, you'll be able to dig up an exception or two, because they're out there.

    By the way: you're speaking to someone who, when I was young and stupid, was charged with assault (and plead out to "drunk and disorderly conduct") for doing exactly what you claim we should do: fighting back against the drunk, homophobic assholes. I don't regret what I did, but it was stupid, pointless, and didn't accomplish a damn thing. The people who will only listen to fists aren't really worth talking to, anyway.

    Posted by: Dan E | Mar 30, 2012 3:21:38 PM

  25. "The people who will only listen to fists aren't really worth talking to, anyway"

    Missing the point, as gay men often do. You see, most straight men don't really want a fist-fight....and usually when fist-fights do break out, people standing by will intervene and stop it before it gets very far. And if there is a mismatch in size, they intervene almost immediately.

    It is really just about having enough self-respect to stand up for yourself. Even in a verbal exchange--which is what these situations usually amount to. It is a test of that self-respect and the willingness to defend yourself if necessary (which is a critical value for men in any society, since they have to be called on to fight wars on occasion).

    I have passed that test many, many times whithout any violence taking place (although I was prepared for it if it did)....and on the couple of occasions when it did, I stood my ground. Most gay men, however, fail it. The vast majority, I have learned over the years, will back down from a confrontation with a straight man, under just about any circumstances, especially if there is the potential for violence. Straight guys know this and that is why gay men become targets of bullying in the first place....and are often taken advantage of in other contexts

    The tragedy is that having grown up with women rather than men as role models is what has caused this phenomenon in so many gay men....and the culture of effeminacy in general.

    As I said, I hope ads like this will be part of a larger societal change that steers gay men away from that culture of effeminacy and low self-esteem and towards the same culture of masculinity that straight men embrace. Then and only then will we be truly respected and find our rightful place in society.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 30, 2012 3:33:06 PM

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