Patrick Burke Predicts a Gay NHLer Within 18 Months

12 Feb

Patrick Burke, son of ex-Leafs GM Brian Burke and founder of the You Can Play project, predicted today that there would be an out player in the NHL within the next year and a half.

In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the social news aggregator reddit.com, Burke wrote:

I believe within the next 18 months or so we will have an openly gay NHL player. It’s time. Our league’s ready.

Burke’s attitude regarding gender and sexual minorities in sport has always been positive and optimistic, however this is the clearest timline until someone in the league takes the responsibility of becoming the first openly gay sportsman in North America.

Burke elaborates a lot on his position as an advocate, as well as talks about his work in hockey. Read the AMA here.

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Let’s Talk Mental Health

12 Feb

We don’t need #BellLetsTalk to give permission to talk about mental health. But today, lets start the convo, it’s a good a time as any.

This is CAMH, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/Pages/home.aspx. They’re supporting Bell’s marketing campaign, piggybacking on their dollars to help destigmatize and open discussion on mental health, both in the public sphere and for some individuals, with their community.

CAMH is also promoting “The New Normal” – a look at how people who aren’t “neurotypical” are now being counted as normal, which is a very good thing.

For the eggheads, this is TVO’s “Mental Health Matters” round up. They cover many topics in many videos, and if you’re still learning about mental health or want to know pretty much where we are as a society regarding mental health, this is a digestible place to start.

If you’re ready to talk to a professional about your mental health, here is the CAMH contact page. For anyone not in Toronto, here is a crisis directory.

“Can we talk?”

“Are you okay?”

“I love you.”

Lets support each other by making it clear that it is okay to talk mental health in our communities.

In Loving Memory of Kyle Scanlon

12 Jul

This blogger has nothing to add to the words being printed about the tragic death of Kyle Scanlon.

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Bromo of the Week: Anderson Cooper

5 Jul

“The fact is, I’m gay.”

As we’re sure most of you know by now, Anderson Cooper has come out and said that he is gay.

In a blog post on his friend Andrew Sullivan’s blog, Anderson was asked to weigh in on the topic of gay people in the public eye and whether or not they should come out publicly.

In his reply, Anderson disclosed to the public that he is, in fact, gay and he explained a bit why he kept it quiet for so long.

On being a journalist:

” I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”

On why it’s the right time to come out:

“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

On being gay:

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

On bullying:

“…the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

Anderson is a well-known and respected journalist who kept his sexuality a secret for professional reasons. We are glad that he was able to come out publicly though, because he shares a very important message: you should never be ashamed of who you are.

And for that, Anderson Cooper is our Bromo of the Week.

Gender is…

5 Jul

Found this picture on the LGBT News Facebook page this morning and thought it would be nice to share here.

What is gender to you?

Zealots Boycotting Oreo Because of a Picture

28 Jun

Get ready to blow a gasket.

Last night, Oreo posted the following the picture to their Facebook page:

What followed was a slew of homophobic and idiotic comments from assholes:

“Boo…This makes me sad that oreo’s support homosexuality.” – Toni Lipford, 1 Like.

“gays need to leave america.” – Dylan Arsenault, 3 Likes.

“This is absolutely disgusting. Your attempt to “normalize” the behaviour of homosexuals has cost you a customer.” – Desean Washington, 4 Likes.

“don’t support gays or the companies that do, and hell yea i’m a hater! being a fag is just wrong and always will be!!!! you should all be exiled to some island where you can all share aids together!! no more oreos for this family!!!!!” – Robert Hunter, 1 Like.

“Homosexual ‘love’ is not real love. ‘Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life his friends.’ — Jesus Christ. You are supporting the wrong things Oreo. Won’t be buying your cookies no mo’ in my house. ENjoy your new lack of sales!!!! :)” – Crystal Walker, 1 Like.

And that’s just a sample of them. Buzzfeed has compiled a list of them if you want to get your blood boiling even more.

Personally, I think Oreo is better off without these people. Actually, a lot of things would be better off without these people. But I’m not going to call for them to be exiled to an island where all bigots can share diseases together because that’s just wrong… and I’m not an asshole (I’m looking at you, Robert Hunter).

What really scares me though is most of these people are parents and have families. These are the “values” (and I really hate to use that word here) that they’re passing on to their children. “Homosexual love is not real love”!?!?! Where do they even come up with this shit?!

This morning, the Oreo page was flooded with more positive comments in support of the company’s stance on gay pride. Most of these commenters also denounced the ‘haters’ who will no longer be buying Oreos. Good riddance.

Thank you, Oreo, for taking a stand and for not backing down in the face of bigots and bullies.

Mayor Ford Skips Pride Flag Event

26 Jun

This is just getting redundant. I feel like we’ve posted this exact same thing at least 3 times.

“Sorry guys – My dog ate my agenda!”

In old news, yesterday Mayor Rob Ford did not grace us with his presence at the raising of the Pride Flag that marked the start of Pride Week.

On a lighter note, Happy Pride Week! What are you getting up to this week?