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Patrick Burke Resigns From Position At YCP

from NHL.com,

Patrick Burke, who helped found the You Can Play Project, which is dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports, announced Tuesday he was resigning as the group's executive director.

Burke, who along with Brian Kitts and Glenn Whitman created YCP in 2012, said he will remain with the group in what he called a "behind the scenes" role.

Replacing Burke will be Wade Davis, a former NFL player who announced his homosexuality in 2012.

"I think, for too long, we've had a straight voice kind of dominating the conversation," Burke said. "I think that there's something to be said for empowering a gay, black, former NFL player who can connect with people in ways that I can't."

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Because only women are truly empowered and able to speak about women’s issues.

Because only African-Americans are truly empowered and able to speak about issues important to African-Americans.

Because only gay people are truly empowered and able to speak about issues important to gay people.

Because, because, because.

Remember though, everyone, judging people based on their differences is racism/sexism/homophobia/whatever-itis.  Until it’s not.  Then, that’s totally cool.

I’m sure people dividing themselves up into all sorts of clans based on race and/or gender and/or sexual orientation and/or anything else will end up being an awesome plan.  That never fails.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/20/13 at 03:33 PM ET

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The more I see of Patrick, the more impressed I am with him.

Posted by Primis on 08/20/13 at 03:39 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/20/13 at 04:33 PM ET

Hey, how about you go *#$%@& yourself?

Posted by Garth on 08/20/13 at 04:06 PM ET

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Say, why the meltodwn, “HockeyinHD”?  Are there “things”?

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/20/13 at 04:09 PM ET

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Because only women are truly empowered and able to speak about women’s issues.

Because only African-Americans are truly empowered and able to speak about issues important to African-Americans.

Because only gay people are truly empowered and able to speak about issues important to gay people.

Because, because, because.

Remember though, everyone, judging people based on their differences is racism/sexism/homophobia/whatever-itis.  Until it’s not.  Then, that’s totally cool.

I’m sure people dividing themselves up into all sorts of clans based on race and/or gender and/or sexual orientation and/or anything else will end up being an awesome plan.  That never fails.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/20/13 at 04:33 PM ET

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 08/20/13 at 04:26 PM ET

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*sigh*

Quoting negates ignoring.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/20/13 at 05:46 PM ET

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Say, why the meltodwn, “HockeyinHD”?  Are there “things”?

Because it’s pointless to try and address ‘isms’ while engaging in just as much ‘isming’ from the other direction.

I mean, seriously, this guy is essentially saying that since he’s not gay, why, there should be a gay person running an organization about gay issues.  Let the implication there just roll around for a moment.

I would bet dollars to donuts all the people who have a ‘=’ bumpersticker on there don’t see the problem, because they only read the equation from left to right.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/20/13 at 07:35 PM ET

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You’re such a narrow-minded bigot, HiHD. In other news, the sun rises every morning…

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 08/20/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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Burke, who along with Brian Kitts and Glenn Whitman created YCP in 2012, remains as the group’s president, but will be taking a less-public role with the group.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/20/13 at 07:41 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/20/13 at 08:35 PM ET

What colour is he sky in your world?

Posted by Garth on 08/20/13 at 10:15 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/20/13 at 04:33 PM ET

You realize NO ONE likes you, right?

Posted by TEMO from LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. on 08/20/13 at 11:01 PM ET

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Patrick made some really good comments to Bruce Arthur I think it was about the challenges he’s faced.  It’s been very difficult for him to go in front of NFL and NBA teams and say that he’s an NHL scout and that he’s personally not gay, and then try to make inroads.  His name and story carried instant weight with the NHL, but he knows outside of the NHL it means nothing.

He also made interesting comments about what he really wants YCP to be.  He’s not as concerned about a star athlete who wants to go somewhere with it and probably won’t get too much pushback, he’s almost more concerned about the non-star that maybe just wants to be left alone.  As he said, maybe the player just hates the media like most players and that situation makes it all the more awkward.  Or maybe the player already plays a polarizing, publicly-unpopular role on the team (like an enforcer in hockey, or a hard-hitting linebacker that gets suspended from time to time.  He’s concerned about what THOSE guys might face.

You have chosen to ignore comments from this member.

You have chosen to ignore comments from this member.

God I love this feature.  Best thing ever.

Posted by Primis on 08/20/13 at 11:06 PM ET

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Posted by TEMO from LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. on 08/21/13 at 12:01 AM ET

Rec’d for truth.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/20/13 at 11:09 PM ET

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Preach on, Primis.

The only thing that this site needs more than an edit feature is a way to display this:

You have chosen to ignore comments from this member.

instead of the quoted text from someone who is on a person’s ignore list.  Then - and only then - will we have peace.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/20/13 at 11:28 PM ET

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