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NHL Stars Henrik Zetterberg and Victor Hedman Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 6.52.13 PMAdd two new names to the growing list of athletes speaking out against Russia's ban of 'homosexual propaganda.' Late last week, National Hockey League's Henrik Zetterberg (left) and Victor Hedman (right) blasted the anti-gay law and its anticipated impact on the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Detroit Free Press reports:

Zetterberg, the Detroit Red Wings captain who will likely represent Sweden in the Olympics, reportedly told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet that the law is 'awful, just awful'

"I think that everyone should be able to be themselves," Zetterberg said. "It's unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia."

Fellow Swedish player Victor Hedman, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, also had strong things to say about the law: "That's completely wrong, we're all humans. No one should have a say in what way you're sexually oriented."

In recent months, the NHL has taken great strides to demonstrate its committment to LGBT inclusiveness, including a groundbreaking anti-homophobia partnership with the You Can Play Project.  

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  1. Thank you for being real MEN!

    Posted by: litper | Aug 19, 2013 7:10:43 AM

  2. Damn, Zetterberg's a hot dude.

    Posted by: CHAD | Aug 19, 2013 8:32:56 AM

  3. Thanks for the support guys from an NHL fan! Hope to hear from some (one?) of the many Russians in the NHL now.

    Posted by: Dave in PA | Aug 19, 2013 9:01:31 AM

  4. @CHAD - Ditto

    Posted by: Alan | Aug 19, 2013 9:59:40 AM

  5. Both are hot men- and very brave.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 19, 2013 10:15:11 AM

  6. They really, really need to come up with a comparison showing those men who are against gay rights and those who are for it.

    On one side you'd have men who look like this and on the other you'd have men like Fred Phelps and Brian Brown.

    There's a definite link between how likely a man would be rejected by another man to the amount of homophobia he possesses.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 19, 2013 11:46:32 AM

  7. Glad they're speaking up!

    Posted by: reality | Aug 19, 2013 1:54:34 PM

  8. Thank you.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 19, 2013 5:15:07 PM

  9. "...There's a definite link between how likely a man would be rejected by another man to the amount of homophobia he possesses..."

    There's no 'definite link'. It's in your head. you are making it up...and hoping it 'catches on'.

    And it sounds like you're just angling for another losing Thesis project...Rick.

    Posted by: dean | Aug 19, 2013 6:15:57 PM

  10. Any organization with "Project" in the title is pretty much useless against the Russians. Speaking out is not coming out. But it does up their vanity level knowing all these queens think they are hot.

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 19, 2013 9:40:46 PM

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