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10-22-2006, 01:24 AM
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Interesting article

http://www.outsports.com/entertainme...ookexcerpt.htm

Thoughts? What would you do if you had a homosexual teammate?

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Well seeing as I actually play with two women who are lesbians, I can say that I really don't have a problem with it.

It doesn't make them better or worse players.

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Dont ask, dont tell...I dont understand why there is a need to proclaim ones sexual preference. Myself, I have no issue with it provided that individual can take just as much of the razzing that a hetero will take in the locker room. maybe more. But, there will always be those who are homophobic so why ruin a team chemistry for the sake of some small personal need. I dont need to know if a person is homo, a cross dresser, whatever. STMI sharing too much information

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Is he/she a good player? Is he/she a goalie? What's his/her pass/shot bias?

I've played with gay men and gay women before. It doesn't really factor into the game. Or atleast it shouldn't.

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I'd treat people the same way whether they are gay or straight. Being on a team does not change that.

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never had a homosexual player on my previous teams, but I don't think it would bother me.
I might even make a joke or two about it from time to time to that person. just to lighten things up for everyone. not everybody is comfortable about those kind of things.

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Dont ask, dont tell...I dont understand why there is a need to proclaim ones sexual preference. Myself, I have no issue with it provided that individual can take just as much of the razzing that a hetero will take in the locker room. maybe more. But, there will always be those who are homophobic so why ruin a team chemistry for the sake of some small personal need. I dont need to know if a person is homo, a cross dresser, whatever. STMI sharing too much information
Simply talking about a pro player like this guy, it's much less about who he's having sex with but also who he has a relationship with. I know I passed up a lot of time with my friends when I started dating my wife. Most of the time we were just hanging out together enjoying each other's company. For a gay man who wants to socialize with other gay men I can see it as much more than a small personal need. Besides, if he's pretending to be straight whenever he's with his team I'm sure it becomes a huge burden to be pretending all the time.

To answer the original question, it wouldn't bother me to have a gay team mate. It surprises me a little that this is still an issue.

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It wouldn't be a problem for me, as long as he didn't expect any sort of different treatment.

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Thoughts? What would you do if you had a homosexual teammate?
It shouldnt make a difference, if everyone comes to the rink to play hockey who cares thats all that matters.

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Who gives a ****?

I've played with all sorts of people and it's all good. And before anyone asks, Gay people don't hit on strait people, they have an uncanny ability to tell. I dunno how.

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It would not matter to me either. I'm only interested in his hockey skills and how he interacts with me.

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As long as he's not peeping my wang, I wouldn't care.

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It doesn't matter and I feel bad for this guy because he can't have a normal life in the NHL, he has to sneak around and that has to cause some added stress.

I don't think there would be that big of a problem if he was to come out, but if I'm wrong he could really jeopardize his career if it's viewed as him looking for attention or making himself a distracton. The article states that he's a respected veteran and a Cup winner so it would make sense for the first person to come out to be someone of his stature. Imagine if someone like Chris Chelios (I'm not saying he is, just comparing stature) came out, would anyone question his leadership? Would they question his commitment to the team? All that would happen is it would become easier for younger players in a similar situation to live their lives and focus on their hockey better.

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Just stop hiding and do your thing. Its one thing to just be yourself and another to make an announcement about it.

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