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03-26-2013, 07:04 PM
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Amerks release You Can Play video




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That's cool.

contri-butes?? Must have been reading a cue card, and they didn't feel like doing another take. Oh well, the message was good.

Thanx, Philamus.

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Sabres to release "We Can't Play" video.

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Was this spurred on by something? Seems kind of random to make a video like this.

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This isn't about telling people "don't be mean to LGBT kids."

It's about telling LGBT kids "you're not subhuman like people say. You can do what you want and excel at it."


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I suspect the timing is because the Supreme Court is taking on Gay Marriage cases today.

But the program has been going on for awhile now. Even if it isn't the case, it's nice to see from them.

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As much as I am for equal rights, they need a damn shorter acronym.

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Hello all. If you decide to post homophobic -- and yes that is a word -- commentary in this thread, you will be getting infracted for it. Understood? This is a place for people to discuss hockey, specifically, and the OP is about the Amerks doing something commendable. I'd editorialize more on my thoughts about people who can't grasp this concept but it would put me in direct violation of the rules I agreed to uphold when I accepted my position here, namely insulting them.

So -- slur and I will bounce your ass out of the thread and you will be getting infracted. Got it?

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Was this spurred on by something? Seems kind of random to make a video like this.
You Can Play has been working with many teams in many leagues for a long time. Sometimes it just takes time to get all the players who want to be involved to get their shoots done.

There's no motive other than the message.

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That's cool.

contri-butes?? Must have been reading a cue card, and they didn't feel like doing another take. Oh well, the message was good.

Thanx, Philamus.
You can see some of the players eyes moving as they read the cue card.

Great video and good message! Glad to see the organization being vocal about this!!

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Glad to see this thread re-opened. Good on the Amerks! It's a small act, but hopefully one that helps teach kids to respect every human being, regardless of their orientation or gender identity.

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As much as I am for equal rights, they need a damn shorter acronym.
I know this is in jest, but it's all about inclusion. The LG and B have historically taken precedence in the movement in a way that disadvantaged others.

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I suspect the timing is because the Supreme Court is taking on Gay Marriage cases today.

But the program has been going on for awhile now. Even if it isn't the case, it's nice to see from them.
From what I've gleaned in talking to Burke and watching him on Twitter, the timing almost always revolves around filming. With a hectic schedule, especially this year, it can be difficult to nail players down. Plus they like to release their videos regularly, not a ton one day, and then go weeks without any others.

That's why the Sabres anti-bullying PSA was delayed about a year. The Sabres were on the road a lot when the idea formed, and then the team traded away two of the players (Roy and Gaustad) that were supposed to film, delaying it further.

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This is nice and all, but maybe the Amerks should consider not having their kisscam focus on the other team's bench as a way of denigrating their players by implying that they're gay

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I know this is in jest, but it's all about inclusion. The LG and B have historically taken precedence in the movement in a way that disadvantaged others.
And still do in many of the mainstream organizations (I'm looking at you, HRC).

Here's one blog/article about it for the curious: http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2007/...hates-hrc.html
I'm sure there are more out there.

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This is nice and all, but maybe the Amerks should consider not having their kisscam focus on the other team's bench as a way of denigrating their players by implying that they're gay
Yeah, that sounds about right. If you are gonna talk the talk, be sure you also walk the walk.

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This is nice and all, but maybe the Amerks should consider not having their kisscam focus on the other team's bench as a way of denigrating their players by implying that they're gay
‏@CriminallyVu1ga 2m

Amerks have assured me the gay kiss cam gag is no more

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You Can Play has been working with many teams in many leagues for a long time. Sometimes it just takes time to get all the players who want to be involved to get their shoots done.

There's no motive other than the message.
Agreed. And, You Can Play has a full list of videos here...

http://www.youcanplayproject.org/videos/index

The very last video they have(at the moment)shows Jason Pominville adding his voice as well. So, while the Sabres(as yet)haven't signed on, at least the team's captain has done so. And ex-Sabre Brian Campbell is featured, too.

For the record, the Amerks are the 5th AHL team to work with the organization.

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Re: the Kiss Cam gag at last night's Amerks game, CriminallyVu1ga got in touch with the team and had some good things to write about in his blog post on the subject http://wp.me/pFA9i-1RU. Also has a bit of info on the impetus for and time line of the video.

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This is nice and all, but maybe the Amerks should consider not having their kisscam focus on the other team's bench as a way of denigrating their players by implying that they're gay
I feel that this issue is much simpler than that. I don't think it is a gay issue.
I think that it is a joke/entertainment that has the possibility of embarrassing people (players and fans alike) who do not not have a choice of whether they are a participant.

In this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Vvz-if8xY
It appears that Lapointe and Shanaban do not feel comfortable participating (in comes Yzerman at the end).

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Nice work CV. I can't say I was personally offended by it but even if it only hurts one, it should go.

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Nice work CV. I can't say I was personally offended by it but even if it only hurts one, it should go.
I honestly wasn't either. It's an eye-roll moment and what bothered me a hundred times more than the LGBT aspect was how dumb and unaware it makes the Amerks look coming on the heels of their YCP video.

But I'm 26, I live my own life, and it happens to be in one of the most LGBT friendly states (Washington) in the country. When I take up this cause, it's never about me because I'm in a powerful enough position that I can remove myself from situations I don't like. What I always have in mind is that 14 or 15 year old kid that doesn't have those freedoms, that has to go into a high school or a church or a hockey arena that might not be so welcoming. If I have a chance to at least start a conversation that might produce a safe or safer zone for someone, I'm going to take it.

Major props to Amerks PR guy, Rob Crean for taking my call, for taking ten minutes talking about it, and for making a change.

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