NFL and MLB will march in NYC Pride for the first time

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The NFL and MLB will march in New York City Pride for the first time on June 24, according to OutSports.

The leagues will have floats and will appear in the parade along with the NHL, NBA and WNBA.

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Fundraiser launched for Ryan Getzlaf’s homophobic slur fine

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The National Hockey League (NHL) has opted to not suspend Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf for using a homophobic slur during Game 4 at the Western Conference finals on Friday. Instead, Getzlaf has been given the maximum fine of $10,000.

Getzlaf was caught on camera appearing to call the referee, “f**king c***sucker.” He issued a public apology but OutSports’ Cyd Zeigler calls it, “the worst non-apology for a slur in sports history.”

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Braden Holtby named Washington Capitals’ LGBT-inclusion ambassador

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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The NHL has appointed goaltender Braden Holtby as the Washington Capitals’ LGBT-inclusion ambassador as part of its new initiative to include more LGBT support and visibility in hockey, Outsports reports.

In a collaboration with You Can Play , the NHL has assembled team ambassadors for all 30 teams to set an example for equality in the locker room and to be a support system for LGBT people on the team. You Can Play is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating homophobia in sports.

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Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby to represent team at Pride Parade

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Washington, D.C (AP) – Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby will represent the Washington Capitals in the annual Capital Pride Parade on June 11, which the goaltender hopes is just the start of his involvement in the gay-rights movement.

Holtby and his wife, Brandi, were planning to attend the parade anyway, and he was honored when asked by the organization to participate. Holtby and other team representatives will walk in conjunction with the organization You Can Play, which has worked with the NHL to promote tolerance.

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National Hockey League investigates alleged use of gay slur on the ice

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Chicago (AP) – The NHL said it was investigating after Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to use a gay slur when he was sent to the penalty box late in Chicago’s Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.

Spokesman John Dellapina said the league would have no comment until the investigation is completed.

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Notre Dame LGBT group to give award to NHL executive Burke

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College plan to honor an NHL executive who helped launch the You Can Play Project in honor of his younger brother.

Patrick Burke will receive the Thomas A. Dooley Award on April 10 in South Bend. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human and civil rights of lesbian and gay Americans.

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NHL star blames hackers for homophobic tweet

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NHL star Tyler Seguin blames hackers for a homophobic comment that appeared on his Twitter feed in early July. The comment appeared on the Dallas Stars forward’s Twitter feed on July 6, but was quickly removed.

The comment, “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow,” isn’t the first time Seguin has found himself in trouble with social media. In April he used “no homo” in a tweet and later apologized.

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