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In a previous post, my gay hockey team was hoping someone from Chicago Blackhawks organization would show up for the Pride Parade. We weren't too hopeful.

But that little story in the Windy City Times (local LGBT newspaper) caught on a few eyes at the Huffington Post, Out SportsChicago SunTimes, and the Pucky Daddy Blog on Yahoo Sports. 
 
Most of the comments on those stories were positive. As for the negatives?
  • My team was trying to get free publicity by jumping on the Blackhawks bandwagon
  • Forcing the Blackhawks into an uncomfortable public situation
  • Didn't like gays, in general, and how did it related to hockey or the Stanley Cup.
So the current rumor is that we should have 1 or 2 (maybe more) Blackhawk players with us in the parade. Maybe the organization got a little pressure (or felt more relieved) once they found that the Chicago Cubs will also have a float in this year's pride parade. 

We still don't know if The Stanley Cup is going to make it. Oh well... still hoping...

Date: 2010-06-22 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theamazingkodi.livejournal.com
nicely done .. I think its very justified in asking them to help contribute to an important part of the Chicago community .. especially in light of how much, as an organization, they prize being an important and relevant part of Chicago's overall well being.

YOU DID IT!

Date: 2010-06-22 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] duncandahusky.livejournal.com
Congratulations! Michael Sneed in the Sun-Times is reporting that Brett Sopel, along with his wife and four kids, will be bringing the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Pride Parade!

This is so awesome. If I weren't going to be in Pittsburgh this weekend, I would be at Pride this weekend just to see this (and I'm not even that big of a hockey fan ;-) Great work by you and your team to make this happen.

I thought this bit was particularly good:
"Sopel also is marching in honor of Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, who was killed in a car accident two months after coming out late last year.

"When Brendan came out, Brian stood by him, and his whole family stood by him, like every family should," said Sopel. "We teach our kids about accepting everybody. Tolerate everybody, to understand where everyone is coming from.""

Re: YOU DID IT!

Date: 2010-06-22 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invncble.livejournal.com
Just saw it. Thanks, Duncan :)

Date: 2010-06-22 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jet-der-hund.livejournal.com
Great job! Very happy to that and hope the cup is coming!

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