(SFGATE) — The campaign to fight homophobia in sports in spreading, and the NHL is the next organization on board.
Last week, the first video in the new “You Can Play” series was released. The videos, which feature some big-name NHL stars, encourage all youth to play, regardless of their sexual orientation.
The project began with Brendan Burke, the openly gay son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. Brendan made headlines in 2009 for being the first person to stand up for the rights of gay athletes in professional hockey, but died tragically in a car accident in 2010. His brother, NHL scout Patrick, spearheaded the “You Can Play” campaign in his honor.
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