I am Patrick Burke, President of the You Can Play Project to end homophobia in sports and NHL Scout. AMAA Take 2
1:51 Edit: Still going for another hour here. I've been sorting by "new" and responding, so a lot of answers are buried lower in the threads.
2:30 Edit: Half hour to go. Genuinely amazed at how many people think locker rooms are like the scene in Porky's, and not disgusting, unhygienic places that everyone wants to leave immediately. Watch less porn, guys.
2:55- Calling it a day to hop on a conference call. Thank you all for the questions. I hope the answers were good enough. Again, some got buried so if you felt I ignored an issue, it might just be lumped in with some other comments. Thank you all for the support of YCP. Keep an eye out this week for some big time new videos that we're excited about.
It's been almost a year since You Can Play launched and I did an AMA talking about our mission, our story, and our goals. One year in and we are very excited about the work that's been done. Just today we released a new "You Can Play" video from the Ohio State Men's Hockey Team: http://youcanplayproject.org/videos/entry/you-can-play-the-ohio-state-university
We've formed partnerships with leagues and college conferences to ensure equality on their sports teams and safety in their arenas. We've worked with well over a hundred professional athletes who support gay teammates. We've marched in Pride Parades alongside professional athletes. We've had dozens of college and professional sports teams step up and say they will make their locker rooms welcoming and inclusive environments. We've dealt with those situations when athletes say something stupid and homophobic. We've spoken to pro teams, college teams, and high school teams, both men's and women's. A lot has happened regarding LGBT equality in the sports world in the past year, and we are proud to have played some role in that, along with a lot of our friends.
And now I'd like to answer your questions as best I can. About You Can Play especially, but I'm also happy to answer questions about pro sports in general, or hockey. Some questions I can't answer for professional reasons, but I will do my best to get to as many as I can.
Website: www.youcanplayproject.org Twitter: @YouCanPlayTeam and @BurkieYCP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/You-Can-Play/123764227733045?ref=ts&fref=ts Video page: http://youcanplayproject.org/videos/index