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Sunday, October 10, 2010

G-Force at University of Toronto forum on gays in ice hockey

From the Toronto Sun:

Gays are represented in every profession except professional sports and if an athlete comes out it is only after his career is over, a panel discussion at the University of Toronto heard on Friday.

That is where G-Force hockey — an all-star gay American hockey team — comes in to set an example and break down negative stereotypes about gay athletes.

“I believe in what we are trying to do,” said Keith Miller, a defenceman on the team which is in Toronto for a tournament against other gay and straight teams. “Our message is young kids in sport can come out and not have to worry. We want to change attitudes and help young players come out.”

Glenn Witman, who plays defence, says there are likely between 2% to 7% of players who are gay on every sports team or league — just like in the general population.

“Gay men and lesbians have been a part of every sports team since sport began,” Witman said. “Lets face it. We are here and we contribute. If we are allowed to be ourselves — out gay men and lesbian women — on our teams without fear of oppression or retaliation, we will contribute much more.

“The mission of G-Force is to show gays make great athletes,” Witman said. “We can compete with heterosexuals. We are just like them.”

If more professional players came out, the easier it will be for young players, said Don Corby, general manager of the Hogtown Boys, a gay Toronto hockey team that just won a gold medal at the European Gay Games.

“A hockey player is a hockey player whether they are gay or straight,” Corby said.

Sport is still typically a macho world, said Tim Sims, who is with G-Force.

“Even in this day and age there would be some teams who wouldn’t want me on because I am gay. We are making a great effort to change that,” Sims said.

It is great to play with a group of guys who have a passion for hockey and who are gay, said Kirby Pumper, who plays left wing.

“No one makes fun of you because you are gay and that makes you a better player. If you want to challenge us, challenge us,” Pumper said.

It is great being a part of G-Force, said centre Dave Farber.

“I get to play with guys just like me who love hockey and they love guys,” Farber said.

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