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NHL Will Be First Major Sports League To Welcome LGBT Athlete, Says Aaron Ward

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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Jan 23, 2014
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    • alterego1980
      alterego1980

      No matter which sport is first, I applaud the NHL for the work they are doing to make an accepting locker room. They are far ahead of the other sports.
      Personally, I think it will take a star athlete coming out of college, or a few years after. Someone who grew up in a more accepting environment that they are currently creating. Not someone who is currently in a professional locker room…to break that barrier (in 1 of the 4 majors)

      Jan 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mjwatts
      mjwatts

      I agree with that, especially considering all the work the NHL is doing to make sure it’s a safe environment for queer players.

      Hopefully once one does it (from any of the big four) it will help others to feel safe in doing the same.

      Jan 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KittyLitter
      KittyLitter

      *openly* gay

      Jan 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BJ McFrisky
      BJ McFrisky

      Three things I’m sick of hearing about:
      1) Obamacare
      2) Bridgegate
      3) A major athlete is “about to” come out.

      How about you inform us . . . oh, I don’t know . . . maybe AFTER someone actually does so and makes news.

      Jan 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jackhoffsky
      Jackhoffsky

      Three things I’m sick of hearing about:

      1) Those who take the time to complain about the very subjects they are sick of hearing about… thus adding to the discussion.
      2) People who present the internet in a way where information is “forced” on them, as if void of free will and the power to use a mouse or finger to simply read something more suited to their tastes.
      3) Personal opinion and judgmental relevance posed as “observational” critique.

      That’s just me, however. Why don’t you inform us… oh, I don’t know… maybe AFTER you decide to get a clue. The article is about Aaron Ward, not our (admitted) obsession with celebrity outing.

      Jan 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      Of course it would be the one sport no one gives a sh!t about. lol

      Jan 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      @Jackhoffsky: He kinda has a point though. Wasn’t there supposed to be 4 NFL athletes coming out…last year? All the speculation and then nothing happens. Makes more sense to just report it when (if?) it finally happens. Besides, it should be more about the game than the sexual orientation of the players anyway.

      Jan 23, 2014 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • horseradishhousejam
      horseradishhousejam

      Wait…what about Jason Collins? He was technically on contract with the Washington Wizards until July 2013 and he came out April 2013 (although the Wizards didn’t make the playoffs…so I guess that’s how it was determined that there aren’t any active players that are openly gay).

      Jan 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jackhoffsky
      Jackhoffsky

      @KDub: No, he doesn’t have a point.

      Look, it’s annoying, I get it. But the more it’s discussed, the more it gets “normalized,” the more likely someone can bravely come out on their own terms.

      More importantly, future players who may think that they couldn’t or shouldn’t play professional sports will be comfortable joining major teams. Maybe not as an out player, but at least with some understanding of the support that is out there. There dreams are not discredited any longer.

      Jan 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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