Brian Burke, GM of the Leafs and his gay son Brendan

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    Nov 26, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    Here's a story about Brian Burke, and how he accepts his gay son. It's great that he can be so accepting, as well as the Miami University Hockey team in Oxford Ohio.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=buccigross_john&id=4685761

    "I think it's important that my story is told to people because there are a lot of gay athletes out there and gay people working in pro sports that deserve to know that there are safe environments where people are supportive regardless of your sexual orientation," - Brendan Burke

    Sounds like good news to me.
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    Nov 27, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    thank you for sharing this story cdnguy. I have to say the young men and women joining our CF are so accepting of the "gay" human condition. I hear gay is ok frequently. of course there are the negative bigots still about but the positive far outweighs the negative for sure.

    once again ty for bringing a positive story here.

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    Nov 28, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    Here is a video and story from somewhere else ..



    http://www.towleroad.com/2009/11/watch-brian-and-brendan-burke-on-gays-in-hockey-coming-out.html

    And the response to that first video:
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    Nov 28, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    Heya guys-
    Thanks for posting these stories...they are terrific ones to be shared.
    More coaches should be aware that the sky would not fall outta the air if they support their gay athletes. My wish is that some coaches and team admin folks will see these stories and think about being proactive in their own environments. That said, it does take trailblazers like Brian - and others before him - to make some lasting change.

    Best regards this holiday weekend!
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    Nov 28, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    What an awesome story. As a gay coach, I love reading gay sports stories. Thanks for posting.
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    Nov 28, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    Damn good story...
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    Nov 28, 2009 9:22 PM GMT
    This is quite something, this story. Amazing the sports world covering it in a fair open minded way. I admire the courage of this guy and his Dad's unconditional love. Is the world possibly changing?
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    Nov 30, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    Makes me proud to be from Toronto, good to hear there are stories like this coming about. Most of the sports world could use some changing and a little more acceptance.
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    Dec 05, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    Here is a related story .. Justin Bourne is even sexier when he is sorry icon_lol.gif I think it is amazing when Sports celebrities come out as supportive of gays

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2009/11/friendly-voices-justin-bourne.html"In my days as a hockey player, I did nothing but contribute to hockey's culture of homophobia and prejudice against gays. I used gay slurs more times than I'd like to admit. Six months after I left my last professional locker room, I felt a twinge of regret, followed by a full-out, stomach punch of regret. And by the time I finished the first draft of this column, I was disgusted with myself.


    the original story is here!
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/columnist/bourne/2009-11-02-hockey-culture_N.htm
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:10 PM GMT
    I suppose this answer won't win me any friends, but honestly, folks, what does he deserve, a cookie? He acted like any good father should.
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
    hockeytiger saidI suppose this answer won't win me any friends, but honestly, folks, what does he deserve, a cookie? He acted like any good father should.
    I thought we were talking about the son coming out not the father. But either way you are right a good dad should always be a good dad.
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    Wow! What an awesome story, not to mention a courageous and wonderful young man. It made me proud, and I can only imagine how proud his family is. Thanks for posting this!!!
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    Jan 05, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    hockeytiger saidI suppose this answer won't win me any friends, but honestly, folks, what does he deserve, a cookie? He acted like any good father should.


    It's more than just a father accepting his son for who he is. It got people talking about the future of gay men in professional sports, and striving for acceptance in a predominantly homophobic sporting world. That is why this is a great story, because reading the articles it seems as though homophobia in sports could be a thing of the past sometime soon.
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    Jan 05, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    Wow, respect to Mr. Hodge.
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    Feb 06, 2010 4:28 AM GMT
    RIP Brendan... icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 06, 2010 4:31 AM GMT
    SO, SO tragic.

    For those who didn't see it a couple minutes ago: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Brendan-Burke-killed-in-Indiana-car-accident?urn=nhl,218018
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    Feb 06, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
    Oh my, so tragic. Great story though, a life cut too short.
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    Feb 06, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
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    Feb 06, 2010 5:10 AM GMT
    Oh no, I read through that whole first post with such hope for this young guy and I was shocked to read about his sudden death.

    Condolences to his family. What a great, brave guy.
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    Feb 06, 2010 5:30 AM GMT
    so tragic. I don't know what else to say.