This is awesome

Earlier this week Brian Burke made the keynote address to launch the site, a site with a forum and resources for building and joining Gay-Straight Alliances in schools across Canada. The Globe and Mail reports,

Mr. Burke stood in front of a microphone Monday, facing reporters and a Toronto hotel conference room packed with gay and lesbian community members, calling for an end to homophobia in schools.“I hate bullies,” he said. “We have to get to the point where everyone can go to school free of fear.”

Word, Mr. Burke.

I still can’t think of Brendan Burke’s story without tearing up. For those of you who are not familiar with his story, it is one of the most incredible, mind opening stories I’ve ever read. And unfortunately, it’s also one of the most heartbreaking. Brendan – the son of one of the most respected professional hockey General Managers out there – came out last December. This was not a story of humiliation and oppression, it was a story of acceptance. The Miami of Ohio hockey team – players and coaches – gave nothing but support to Brendan, their student manager. And then there was his dad, the scowling Irishman whose known for his blunt hockey mantra – Belligerence, Truculence, Testosterone. His reaction?  “I had a million good reasons to love and admire Brendan. This news didn’t alter any of them.” He even took his son to the Pride Parade in Toronto last year.

Two months after his story came out, Brendan died in a car accident in Indiana.

The two Burkes, father and son, were planning on marching in the Toronto Pride Parade this summer. Only a week after his son’s death, Brian promised he will still march in the parade this year (read this story with caution, probably with a box of tissues handy).

I can’t stress enough how important I believe Brendan’s story is, and how much I admire his dad. This story is too important to forget or ignore.


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