Thursday, January 19, 2012

PFLAG Honors Maple-Leafs Manager

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays honors Brian Burke, the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs for being "a community leader dedicated to fighting homophobia and bullying." Leafs GM Brian Burke ‘greatly honoured’ by award from gay community -
Earlier, Burke said “it would take a lot of courage” for a hockey player to come out as gay, “but less than the player thinks.”

The NHL is “still very much a macho workplace,” Burke said. “Someone has to decide that (coming out) is very important. They’re welcome on any team I run.”
Burke's son, Brendan, came out in 2009 but died in a car crash a few months later.
Since then, his father has made numerous high-profile appearances on behalf of gay rights, speaking for organizations like PFLAG and walking in numerous PRIDE parades.

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