PRIDE PARADE 2014: FERENCE STEPS UP

Robin Brownlee
June 07 2014 11:21AM

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It goes without saying, or most certainly should, that people should not be judged based on the color of their skin, their ethnicity, their religion or their sexual orientation. Unfortunately, we aren't there yet.

That's what makes Andrew Ference's decision to March in Edmonton's Pride Parade in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender community (LGBT) today so commendable.

In a world that has yet to fully come to grips with accepting people for who they are, the captain of the Edmonton Oilers is stepping forward as a man who performs in a fraternity that struggles as much or more as any segment of our society with male sexuality.

When a player, Ference, who makes his living playing a tough game against tough men in the NHL chooses to participate in a parade celebrating diversity, it's still newsworthy. One need only type "Edmonton Pride Parade 2014" into Google's search engine to know that – six of the first 10 results I got this morning were in reference to Ference taking part.

It is news. I look forward to the day when it's not.

MAKING A STATEMENT

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Even today, acceptance of sexual orientation is far from universal, be it here in Edmonton or anywhere else. Are we making progress? Absolutely, as a 55-year-old man who is old enough to remember a very different era when attitudes toward race, religion and sexual orientation – mine included – were different, I can say that with confidence.

It's also obvious, given the mistreatment of others that still makes headlines on a daily basis somewhere, old attitudes remain today in varying degrees. In my neighborhood. In your neighborhood. Certainly in the culture of the NHL. It is news, then, when Ference takes part, becoming the first member of the Oilers to do so.

Jen Scrivens, wife of Oiler goaltender Ben Scrivens, will march today. Former Oiler Georges Laraque has marched in Montreal. Manny Malhotra and Jason Garrison have marched in Vancouver. In 2011, Sean Avery came out in favor of equal marriage rights in New York. Brian Burke has marched. Burke's son Patrick started the You Can Play initiative in 2012 after brother Brendan died in an automobile accident in 2010.

"Making sure that (LGBT) youth know they have allies at the pro level, or whether it’s a teammate who might be thinking about coming out, or whatever it is, we want to make sure that it’s an accepting environment for everyone," Ference told the Edmonton Journal. "I know most of my teammates and guys around the league line up with the same kind of belief."

LEADING THE WAY

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Yes, most but not all. In that, the NHL is no different than the rest of society. My neighborhood. Your neighborhood. For all of the progress made since I was a kid growing up in the 1960s and 70s, for how we more often embrace our brothers and sisters for what they are rather than what we think they should be, we still have a long way to go.

Players like Andrew Ference will help get us there. That's what leaders do.

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#1 Bobby
June 07 2014, 02:22PM
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I would like to have a white parade is everyone okay with that?

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#2 JSR
June 07 2014, 06:20PM
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I have no problems with other people's beliefs, orientations, etc. My only issue is the way people choose to promote their beliefs and orientations. I don't think a parade is necessary, straight people don't resort to this...

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#3 pelhem grenville
June 07 2014, 12:51PM
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...Robin...if one is touted to go in the 4th round of the NFL draft and you go in the 7th, actually 249th out of 256 as a compensatory pick let's NOT call it being dropped like a hot potato...let's forget I ever brought it up...and that question I asked? you don't need to answer that either...I'll just stay here on the bandwagon and say how great it is to have a captain like Ference ...zzz

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#4 John
June 07 2014, 02:02PM
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Big deal . Who cares

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#5 pelhem grenville
June 07 2014, 12:06PM
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BlazingSaitls wrote:

I dont see the need to speculate on these hypotheticals. Andrew Ference generated a postive good news story. It didnt need to be speculated on. As long as these stories keep happening, and leaders like Ference chip away at the negative stigma of being a gay, there is a bright future ahead.

... actually I wasn't asking for what you thought was needed anywhere...my question was asked of Robin Brownlee so...

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#6 oilers2k10
June 07 2014, 07:44PM
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If a man wants to cuddle with another man instead of a pretty woman with smooth shapely hips and beautiful breasts then all the power to him...but why does it have to be front page news or have a billion blogs written about it everytime? Whatever..be happy.

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#8 werewolf
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hahaha

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perfect example of people who hijack or troll topics because their lives are incomplete.

I don't care what what you believe, or what sex you like, or race you are. I grew up in a community where many of my friends were of different Ethnic backgrounds and our neighbors of 9 years are female life partners (their words not mine) are very respectable persons, down to earth and friendly. 95% of all these people(in canada) go through life with very few problems. You know why? Because they work hard, raise their children, or support their families, support their charities or societies. They don't jump up and down crying that they are special and they want the world to see them. I understand there is hatred, racism, and other big problems in this world. Remember where you came from, the very people who are straight came together and had a child. Their parents before them and before them and so on and the fathers of these generations fought for your very freedoms you are talking about. So before you paint every straight person with the same brush. remember where you came from. We have all our own opinions and because most of the world who are straight believe what they believe, you dare say their are hateful, ignorant, scared, or look the other way. You very ignorance of real life is distorted by the very hate you talk about. You want to change the world then support the children who by the way are created by 1 man and 1 woman. Actions speak greater than anything. I don't force my life down your throat, so don't try to force yours down mine or make excuses why you have to.

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#10 Kypreos
June 07 2014, 10:03PM
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Most people are talking hockey and Oilers Nation is talking gay pride. Maybe Ference should focus on his hockey....

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#11 JSR
June 07 2014, 06:45PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

No straight parades? Now things are making sense!

I had my suspicions about all those cowboys in the Calgary Stampede Parade ..... Plus those Shriners. The purple hats should have been a dead give away.

Thanks for being the voice of reason.

These groups are not running around saying anything about being straight, just promoting there events and clubs...

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#14 Privateeye
June 07 2014, 11:35AM
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And that, ladies and gentleman, is why he is our captain. Very proud that he is a crucial member of this club. Atta be Ference!

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#15 pelhem grenville
June 07 2014, 11:50AM
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...given that Michael Sam came out as the first openly gay football player and subsequently got dropped like a hot potato in the NFL draft...what is your best guess Robin as to when, IF EVER, there will be an openly gay NHL player and do you think he would get the treatment Michael Sam got in the aftermath of such a profound event?

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#16 Matt
June 07 2014, 03:02PM
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I’ve got it. Let’s just say that all unborn humans are homosexual — or at least could be homosexual — and then maybe they’ll also enjoy equal protection under the law. No? Hmmm, but I thought we wanted “liberty and freedom” for all? Oh, it’s all, but not everyone. Or is it everyone but not all? I’m confused.

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#17 Walter White
June 07 2014, 05:47PM
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Wow....so this is the kind of stuff you start talking about when your team sucks for 8 straight years.........there is another draft party to be had in a few weeks you know!!!!

WW

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#18 The Soup Fascist
June 07 2014, 06:31PM
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JSR wrote:

I have no problems with other people's beliefs, orientations, etc. My only issue is the way people choose to promote their beliefs and orientations. I don't think a parade is necessary, straight people don't resort to this...

No straight parades? Now things are making sense!

I had my suspicions about all those cowboys in the Calgary Stampede Parade ..... Plus those Shriners. The purple hats should have been a dead give away.

Thanks for being the voice of reason.

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#19 baggedmilk
June 07 2014, 11:22AM
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Well done, Captain Ference.

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#20 JSR
June 07 2014, 08:28PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

So what? Your point is what, exactly? Andrew Ference isn't a group, he's a person. Jen Scrivens isn't a group, she's a person. Don Iveson isn't a group, he's a person. "These groups" sounds a lot like "these people." We know how that conversation goes.

My point is...I don't run around saying, "look at me, I'm straight, I'm straight." Why can't people just take people for who they are, gay or straight? I don't think a parade is needed, in either case, straight or gay.

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#22 werewolf
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Wow, what is wrong with people today, always some group hijacking olympics, sports events, important events to promote their sexuality, religion, color, please give it a rest. This is about the Stanley Cup playoffs, not some cheap advertising to say that i am gay, straight, black, blue, purple, white, brown, race. You want to make a difference in the world then do something about the 21,000 children dying every day. Education of the world's 775 million illiterate adults. 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide every year. Many more diseases, drug wars and violence, people killed from wars.

You people want to advertise, or make your political statement then put your money or support where you mouth is and donate or support the real problems of today and if you dont know what i mean then let me help you. example: the gay pride society donated 1 million dollars to the the children in somalia or muslim faith donated 10 million dollars to the illiterate society. Or better yet 10,000 people from the gay pride or SPCA society volunteered their time and money to help the children of india, somalia, brazil, etc. Robin, andrew ferrence or whatever celebrate or athlete who decides to make headlines, why dont you help the children of today so that their future helps change the world of tomorrow. Racism, bullying, hatred, war, disease, famine. You know what makes me sick, that some football athlete, or hockey player, or the miserable phone solicitor or tv advertisement showing this poor dog or kitten in a cage, or some athlete coming out about his sexual preference, or some religious fanatic or gunman get front page News. where some 21000 children die each day, or the billion children starving to death. That's how you promote you group or society or whatever the hell your idealogy is. This is about the oilers or the Stanley Cup and thats why i like reading oilersnation. If you want to talk about something political, take it to a forum, paper, talk show or better yet do something about the real problems of the world otherwise stay on topic

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#23 Loweblows
June 08 2014, 10:04AM
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The only parade Ference will see in edmonton

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#24 Walter White
June 07 2014, 06:06PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

We'll have another item about trading Sam Gagner/who the Oilers should draft/why Bucky must go/reasons Lowe should be fired/trading fringe prospects for a No. 1 defenseman soon.

If that won't do, you can inquire with baggedmilk about getting a refund on your subscription.

Has anyone ever told you that you are one hell of a sexy specimen Robin Brownle, that goatee is adorable!

May be we can go on a date...........I mean for a beer sometime!

That Baggedmilk is quite the handsome devil as we'll! Maybe he can join us!!!

WW

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#25 Bucknuck
June 07 2014, 11:44AM
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Great Article, and from what I can tell, the captain is a pretty great man.

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#26 BlazingSaitls
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...given that Michael Sam came out as the first openly gay football player and subsequently got dropped like a hot potato in the NFL draft...what is your best guess Robin as to when, IF EVER, there will be an openly gay NHL player and do you think he would get the treatment Michael Sam got in the aftermath of such a profound event?

I dont see the need to speculate on these hypotheticals. Andrew Ference generated a postive good news story. It didnt need to be speculated on. As long as these stories keep happening, and leaders like Ference chip away at the negative stigma of being a gay, there is a bright future ahead.

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#27 Oilers4ever
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werewolf wrote:

Wow, what is wrong with people today, always some group hijacking olympics, sports events, important events to promote their sexuality, religion, color, please give it a rest. This is about the Stanley Cup playoffs, not some cheap advertising to say that i am gay, straight, black, blue, purple, white, brown, race. You want to make a difference in the world then do something about the 21,000 children dying every day. Education of the world's 775 million illiterate adults. 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide every year. Many more diseases, drug wars and violence, people killed from wars.

You people want to advertise, or make your political statement then put your money or support where you mouth is and donate or support the real problems of today and if you dont know what i mean then let me help you. example: the gay pride society donated 1 million dollars to the the children in somalia or muslim faith donated 10 million dollars to the illiterate society. Or better yet 10,000 people from the gay pride or SPCA society volunteered their time and money to help the children of india, somalia, brazil, etc. Robin, andrew ferrence or whatever celebrate or athlete who decides to make headlines, why dont you help the children of today so that their future helps change the world of tomorrow. Racism, bullying, hatred, war, disease, famine. You know what makes me sick, that some football athlete, or hockey player, or the miserable phone solicitor or tv advertisement showing this poor dog or kitten in a cage, or some athlete coming out about his sexual preference, or some religious fanatic or gunman get front page News. where some 21000 children die each day, or the billion children starving to death. That's how you promote you group or society or whatever the hell your idealogy is. This is about the oilers or the Stanley Cup and thats why i like reading oilersnation. If you want to talk about something political, take it to a forum, paper, talk show or better yet do something about the real problems of the world otherwise stay on topic

HOCKEY, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, OILERS, TRADES, DRAFT. MESSIER, GRETZKY, REXALL PLACE, 2014 - 2015 NHL SEASON

Well said sir. Everyone has their right to believe in what they want, their own sexuality, etc. BUT there are far bigger issues in this great world of ours that need to be dealt with.

Way to go Kings for coming back last night. I'm sticking with Kings in 5 even if Quick looks nothing like a Vezina winner these playoffs.

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#28 Naky
June 07 2014, 12:24PM
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Wow, someone actually trashed a comment where I said if a player is good enough, he'd get drafted regardless of whether or not he's gay - especially by one team, even if 29 others passed. Guess homophobia isn't going away as fast as we all might like.

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#29 Privateeye
June 07 2014, 03:09PM
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Bobby wrote:

I would like to have a white parade is everyone okay with that?

Keyboard hero hey. Gotta love em'

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#30 pelhem grenville
June 07 2014, 06:02PM
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...draft Leon Draisaitl

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Thanks Robin for your well written article on a subject that always seems to bring a few n'ere do wells out the woodwork. Ference is showing leadership for marching in the Pride Parade to give hope that we all can move past the bias and bigotry. You are also showing leadership in choosing to write about these matters. Bravo to you both!

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#32 Racki
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Bobby wrote:

I would like to have a white parade is everyone okay with that?

Are you OK with being told you who you can't be with, what religion you can't belong to, receive death threats for being who you are etc? If so, sure, go nuts. Although I'm pretty sure no one will make a big deal about your "normal" parade anyways.

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#33 Bobby
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Bobby wrote:

I would like to have a white parade is everyone okay with that?

It goes without saying, or most certainly should, that people should not be judged based on the color of their skin, their ethnicity, their religion or their sexual orientation. Unfortunately, we aren't there yet.

Hmmmm

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#34 dvasteroid
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This is a good example of the problem with the oilers...to much emphasis on good people over good hockey players. I'm happy for Andrew. ..he's clearly a good dude, but, oil will stagnant with him as captain o capitan. Hall at gay parade?

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#35 book¡e
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werewolf wrote:

Wow, what is wrong with people today, always some group hijacking olympics, sports events, important events to promote their sexuality, religion, color, please give it a rest. This is about the Stanley Cup playoffs, not some cheap advertising to say that i am gay, straight, black, blue, purple, white, brown, race. You want to make a difference in the world then do something about the 21,000 children dying every day. Education of the world's 775 million illiterate adults. 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide every year. Many more diseases, drug wars and violence, people killed from wars.

You people want to advertise, or make your political statement then put your money or support where you mouth is and donate or support the real problems of today and if you dont know what i mean then let me help you. example: the gay pride society donated 1 million dollars to the the children in somalia or muslim faith donated 10 million dollars to the illiterate society. Or better yet 10,000 people from the gay pride or SPCA society volunteered their time and money to help the children of india, somalia, brazil, etc. Robin, andrew ferrence or whatever celebrate or athlete who decides to make headlines, why dont you help the children of today so that their future helps change the world of tomorrow. Racism, bullying, hatred, war, disease, famine. You know what makes me sick, that some football athlete, or hockey player, or the miserable phone solicitor or tv advertisement showing this poor dog or kitten in a cage, or some athlete coming out about his sexual preference, or some religious fanatic or gunman get front page News. where some 21000 children die each day, or the billion children starving to death. That's how you promote you group or society or whatever the hell your idealogy is. This is about the oilers or the Stanley Cup and thats why i like reading oilersnation. If you want to talk about something political, take it to a forum, paper, talk show or better yet do something about the real problems of the world otherwise stay on topic

HOCKEY, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, OILERS, TRADES, DRAFT. MESSIER, GRETZKY, REXALL PLACE, 2014 - 2015 NHL SEASON

Many of the problems you are talking about in the world have roots in issues of intolerance, hate, and ignorance. Belligerents and political opportunists take advantage of this ignorance to prevent institutional progress that would lead to solutions to these problems. One of the reasons that we enjoy such a great quality of life in Canada today is because generations people have fought to overcome ethnic, linguistic, religious, gender, and more recently sexual preference prejudice and ignorance.

So, I'm sorry that your important Stanley Cup was interrupted by Andrew Ferrence and Robin Brownlee doing their little part to contribute to the overall progress of society.

Instead of professing your ignorance here, I would suggest that you are free to share you ideas and actions to contribute to addressing the issues that you raise. Don't spend your time denigrating the efforts of others. Use your time and energy to make the world a better place.

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#37 Racki
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JSR wrote:

These groups are not running around saying anything about being straight, just promoting there events and clubs...

I think the point of these parades is completely lost on you, and that's fine. They exist to make people who are LGBT comfortable in their own skin. We all know it is hard for some of them to come out and express their sexuality, because every once in a while someone comes out, and you wonder "what took so long?". Some hide their relationships in secret because of worry about what their family/friends/public will say. This is perpetuated by some strong religious groups quite often, but not just by them. There's definitely people who act violently towards them, whether it's mental or physical violence.

Anyways, the parade is obviously meant as a way for everyone to show support for that community of people and Ference's actions are meant to help educate everyone else. You don't have to support or even understand it. I think acceptance is gaining a lot of steam lately, which is great. Maybe one day, the parade will be unnecessary and stop happening. I don't think the world is there yet. I'm happy that Canada is a country that is generally quite open to LGBT, whereas there are definitely still major parts of the US that are not.

The Ference story is big news (even though we all would like it to no longer be "news") because it's not often that you see a public statement like that (i.e. from a celebrity) that is straight. It encourages others to take part and show that they don't care what a person's sexual beliefs are.

Anyways, as a white, 30s man, who typically is as non-minority as it gets, I don't really ever face any sort of discrimination like these people would, so I don't quite feel the need for a parade of my own. I'm guessing that all the people raising a stink over this have never faced any form of discrimination either. I don't really see what the harm is in the parade, but I do see the good in it.

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#38 Racki
June 07 2014, 07:34PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Today's parade included people from all the groups you mentioned with the express intent of building community. What's the issue?

The problem is today's pride had signs that said "no coloureds or straight people allowed", and Andrew Ference was let in through the back door (pun mostly not intended). Oh wait.. that didn't really happen.

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#39 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
June 08 2014, 07:51AM
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It all boils down to this.

Those who are against the Pride Parade are just afraid. Afraid that the sexuality of some people might rub off on themselves, or "heaven forbid" they might actually get "hit on" by a gay person.

BIG FREAKING DEAL. One individuals sexual choices DO NOT affect me. I am straight with many gay friends. Their sexual preferences matter not.

If you are nice to me, I will be nice to you.

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#40 book¡e
June 08 2014, 10:36AM
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Does anyone else see the idiocy in people who spend time discussing hockey chastising people who spend time pushing for GLBT rights for wasting their time not solving world hunger?

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#41 Joe Mamma
June 08 2014, 11:17AM
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werewolf wrote:

hahaha

the soup facist, zarney, bookje, oiler gthat unretired, haiku w, dobbler.

perfect example of people who hijack or troll topics because their lives are incomplete.

I don't care what what you believe, or what sex you like, or race you are. I grew up in a community where many of my friends were of different Ethnic backgrounds and our neighbors of 9 years are female life partners (their words not mine) are very respectable persons, down to earth and friendly. 95% of all these people(in canada) go through life with very few problems. You know why? Because they work hard, raise their children, or support their families, support their charities or societies. They don't jump up and down crying that they are special and they want the world to see them. I understand there is hatred, racism, and other big problems in this world. Remember where you came from, the very people who are straight came together and had a child. Their parents before them and before them and so on and the fathers of these generations fought for your very freedoms you are talking about. So before you paint every straight person with the same brush. remember where you came from. We have all our own opinions and because most of the world who are straight believe what they believe, you dare say their are hateful, ignorant, scared, or look the other way. You very ignorance of real life is distorted by the very hate you talk about. You want to change the world then support the children who by the way are created by 1 man and 1 woman. Actions speak greater than anything. I don't force my life down your throat, so don't try to force yours down mine or make excuses why you have to.

I'm straight, and I don't believe what you believe. So don't lump all straight people in with your belief system. No one told you you aren't entitled to your beliefs. This diatribe you just wrote is bigotry with window dressing. If you don't want anyone to call you on it, then keep your opinions to yourself. You put them out on a public forum, they're open to dissent.

Or as Confucius says, "a closed mouth collects no feet."

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#42 werewolf
June 08 2014, 04:29PM
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joe momma hahaha classic 5% hater, your the type that thinks because people don't support a movement that they must be a bigot or racist. I bet dollars to donuts if you don't get a job its because someone must have been against you instead of you not having the qualifications. you know what's funny, their are many societies or movements that had great intentions to start with then you get the fanatical wacko's. Anybody who lumps the shriners, halloween, as straight parades only proves their ignorance. Just so you know there just as many racists, bigots, bullies in minorities, try living in their cultures and you would know what i mean. You want to Promote Equality, then do it right and be proud of it. But don't let the radicals control it or speak for you because you don't want the heat on you. Most people will judge you on what your actions are, don't let the bigots like the L.A. clippers owner paint everybody with the same brush. The 5% of the pride movement that Bump and grind and making lude acts does not promote equality but leaves an impression on the rest who watch on the news or read in the papers a bad impression. Just like Trolls like you and some of the others here who post crap and talk out the side of their mouths. try growing up being metis' where your not wanted by either side.

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#43 Naky
June 07 2014, 12:07PM
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If a player is good enough, nobody will care what orientation is. Winning is winning. Besides, even if 29 teams take a pass on a good first round type player because he's gay, he'll be drafted at 30 while Calgary sits in the draft. You seem to have forgotten Burke routinely sits in charge of hockey clubs and he's currently with the organization a few hours south of us.

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#44 vetinari
June 07 2014, 12:41PM
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Great statement by Ference and by the Oilers. Canada: the place where we don't care who you are in love with so long as you both watch hockey. ;)

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#45 Racki
June 07 2014, 12:54PM
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I think this is great and it is motivation for me to show my support for the LGBT community. I couldn't go do that this year, but I'd like my wife and I to go next year for this parade. I too look forward to the day when this is not news but I'm proud of Ference and any others that march in cause that doesn't directly involve them.

At my sister-in-law's wedding (to a woman) I learned about how extremely difficult it was for them to come out and how alive they were when they found such support in their families and friends once they did. So for me, this is my way of helping someone else come out of the closet and live the life they are meant to while showing my pride for my sister-in-law and the love they share for each other (they are really a fantastic couple and one to admire).

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#46 ThatButthurtOilersFan
June 07 2014, 06:19PM
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Bobby wrote:

I would like to have a white parade is everyone okay with that?

No.

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#47 The Soup Fascist
June 07 2014, 07:01PM
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JSR wrote:

These groups are not running around saying anything about being straight, just promoting there events and clubs...

My point is that for the most part our society is geared towards those of us who are straight and have a traditional view of what "family" is.

If the LGBT community wants to celebrate their successes and bring attention to their challenges once a year, who are we to judge? If you have issues or concerns ..... Don't go. Certainly that is your right.

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#48 baggedmilk
June 07 2014, 07:13PM
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@Racki

This guy gets it. Congrats, sir!

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#49 The Soup Fascist
June 07 2014, 07:37PM
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It has just dawned on me to wonder if the organizers of the Pride Parade were concerned that a member of an organization that hasn't made the playoffs for 8 years wanted to participate.

"We're sorry Mr. Ference, we appreciate your offer, but having a member of such a crappy team participating in our event would send the wrong message to our supporters"

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#50 dq
June 07 2014, 08:22PM
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JSR wrote:

I have no problems with other people's beliefs, orientations, etc. My only issue is the way people choose to promote their beliefs and orientations. I don't think a parade is necessary, straight people don't resort to this...

I believe people are missing the point. "Parades" are a way to state that you're proud, and not ashamed - despite what many in society would have you believe. So until we've reached equality (we've come close ... but have a long ways to go), there's good reason for the GLBT community to get out and shout. in a very peaceful way As a straight man, in a straight relationship, society already embraces my sexual orientation ... so I have no need to broadcast that I'm proud of this choice ... so obviously don't need to "resort" to marching in a straight parade.

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