A Story of Courage: A gay jock takes off the mask

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    Mar 19, 2012 4:04 PM GMT
    I didn't see this posted anywhere. It's an amazing story and shows that we're moving closer to athletes accepting who they are and accepting their teammates that are gay.

    A heart warming story that brings tears to your eyes just thinking of the struggle that gay guys continue to have with coming out. We've all been there and can so easily relate, regardless of our age, race, religious conviction or geographical location.

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/jock+takes+mask/6314056/story.html
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    Awesome, very inspiring. I hope a lot of young gay athletes will come across this story and that it'll inspire courage. share it if you can.
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    Mar 19, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    judoguy saidAwesome, very inspiring. I hope a lot of young gay athletes will come across this story and that it'll inspire courage. share it if you can.
    Ditto! What a great young man!
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    Mar 19, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    Congratulations to him for choosing to live honestly and be true to himself

    But come on, this is Canada. LGBT folks have achieved equality (theoretically, under the law) and they enjoy full marriage rights, protection from discrimination in all facets of public life and the majority of Canadians are open, tolerant and accepting folk.

    What's the worst that would happen? A Canadian hockey fan might be so upset he would think about frowning? Oh the horror.

    Additionally, it's hockey: the most progressive of the widely watched pro sports there is - the others being baseball, football and basketball, all which still are backwaters of homophobia.

    This would be a story were it in baseball, football or basketball, here in the US, but it's in hockey and in Canada.

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    Mar 19, 2012 9:08 PM GMT
    Thanks for sharing the story eb925guy icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 19, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Cool; i read about You Can Play last week and have been trying to find the list of which NHL players endorsed it. If you haven't checked out this blog by gay athletes, give it a look: Three kids. Three Time Zones. One Mission.
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    Mar 19, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidCongratulations to him for choosing to live honestly and be true to himself

    But come on, this is Canada. LGBT folks have achieved equality (theoretically, under the law) and they enjoy full marriage rights, protection from discrimination in all facets of public life and the majority of Canadians are open, tolerant and accepting folk.

    What's the worst that would happen? A Canadian hockey fan might be so upset he would think about frowning? Oh the horror.

    Additionally, it's hockey: the most progressive of the widely watched pro sports there is - the others being baseball, football and basketball, all which still are backwaters of homophobia.

    This would be a story were it in baseball, football or basketball, here in the US, but it's in hockey and in Canada.

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    Oh it is, trust me.. when it comes to Hockey, the border does NOT exist! These hockey fans down here in FL are hard core!
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    Mar 19, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    A brave and sensible young man. I'm glad it's working out for him, and that he has the moxie to speak up publicly about homophobia in his sport! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    That is pretty courageous.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Yay, he's from my city! Good for him. So proud of his teammate that supported him and who took it upon themselves to meet him half way. They acknowleged his sexuality, made it clear they were impressed by his courage, and supported him. I like these stories icon_smile.gif
    We need more of them in the forum
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Obviously, it is still difficult for athletes to come out - even in Canada.
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    Mar 20, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    An story of courage... is that like an hero?
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    Mar 20, 2012 8:12 AM GMT
    Firebrand saidAn story of courage... is that like an hero?


    You´re my an hero.
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    Mar 20, 2012 9:36 AM GMT
    I just realised the topic title was "An Story of Courage". So yeah, I guess that makes this guy an hero.
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    Mar 20, 2012 10:25 AM GMT
    Awesome, thanks for taking the time to share that with us!

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    Mar 20, 2012 11:52 AM GMT
    simple_collision saidYay, he's from my city! Good for him. So proud of his teammate that supported him and who took it upon themselves to meet him half way. They acknowleged his sexuality, made it clear they were impressed by his courage, and supported him. I like these stories icon_smile.gif
    We need more of them in the forum


    +1, a LOVABLE Ottawa jock to add to the list
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    Mar 20, 2012 12:02 PM GMT
    Did they have to make his pic the creepiest creeper pic they could find?
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    Mar 20, 2012 12:27 PM GMT
    Larkin saidDid they have to make his pic the creepiest creeper pic they could find?

    Man who cares smh & plus you sound really shallow with that comment
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    Mar 20, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    In Portugal with know inside of the gay world that are many professional players that are gay, but anyone have the courage.... unfortantly
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    Mar 20, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    Thought Canada was supposed to be gay-friendly etc etc. evidently not so much.
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    Mar 20, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    est89 said
    Larkin saidDid they have to make his pic the creepiest creeper pic they could find?

    Man who cares smh & plus you sound really shallow with that comment
    Larkin IS shallow. nothing new.
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    Mar 20, 2012 1:23 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    est89 said
    Larkin saidDid they have to make his pic the creepiest creeper pic they could find?

    Man who cares smh & plus you sound really shallow with that comment
    Larkin IS shallow. nothing new.


    1) Lighten up guys. It's the internet.
    2) Oh noz! Internet troll thinks I'm shallow. I'll cry all night.
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    Mar 20, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    Caslon18453 said Thought Canada was supposed to be gay-friendly etc etc. evidently not so much.


    The laws support equality and fairness but there still are people who hate gays.
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    Fixed the title to more grammatically correct! LOL Sorry. Hopefully people in the US will also see the story and realize that it should be happening here. No more needing to hide who you really are!