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WATCH: Canadian Pro Footballers Would Welcome A Gay Teammate

Though the NFL is slowly becoming more LGBT-inclusive, its Canadian equivalent, the CFL, has been making strides for a while.

The Toronto Argos’ Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program is currently in its 12th year and the team invited LGBT athletic supporter You Can Play to discuss homophobia in sports.

Canadian queer news outlet Xtra! spoke with Argos offensive lineman Joe Eppele and impressively mustachioed wide receiver/Matt Bomer doppelganger Mike Bradwell, who said they would embrace a gay teammate.

“We have a very welcoming locker room,” said Eppele. “I’m sure some of the guys would feel off about it at first but I think everybody would warm up to it. ”

Bradwell agrees, and wouldn’t rule out a team walk in Toronto’s Pride Parade. “Why not? We’re a pretty diverse team. We’re accepting of everything, so why not?”

We hope Bradwell knows we’re taking that as a verbal agreement consisting of a stipulation requiring all players to be shirtless.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Nov 20, 2012
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  • 3 Comments
    • Shanestud
      Shanestud

      Same-sex federal marriage, gay adoption rights, hate speech laws protecting LGBTs, both lesbian parents on birth certificates, a Maple Leaf hockey coach marching in gay Pride parades to honour his gay son killed in a car accident, now football players welcoming gay players on their teams and in their locker rooms, two out politicians running against each other for leadership of the LIberal party and Premier of Ontario, education of young children in schools to be accepting of all families and gay playmates. Why does this only happen in Canada? Could it be because progressive inclusive laws really do have an impact on the greater society?

      Nov 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @Shanestud: There are literally ZERO examples of extension of rights and protections too people and the degradation of general society.

      EVERY SINGLE RIGHT ever granted via legitimate consensus has improved society, and it always will.

      Nov 21, 2012 at 4:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      Also, apologies, that wasn’t intended too be as dictated as it came out. Sorry.

      Nov 21, 2012 at 4:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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