You Can Play Project co-founder Patrick Burke writes that out LGBT and “publicly pro-gay” people should not boycott the Sochi Olympic games despite Russia’s anti-LGBT environment and laws. “Show the world that there are elite LGBT athletes who are not afraid to be themselves, on and off the playing field,” he writes in this BuzzFeed op-ed.
“[T]he official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says. The “You Can Play Project” will work with the NHL at rookie camp, in the media and with players wanting information about sexual orientation.
There are no out male athletes in the major league sports world today. But among pro ballers, the straight part of the gay-straight alliance is finally getting itself off the ground.