Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Very Interesting!

How many times have you seen ads for LGBTQ Night at sporting events?

Well more teams are pulling LGBTQ Nights and it is very telling.

Wild players ditch themed warmup jerseys on Pride Night
The Wild are the second team to drop the themed jerseys after the Rangers made a similar decision for their Pride Night earlier this season.
Yahoo Sports
By Jori Negin-Shecter
March 7, 2023

The NHL and its allyship have yet again reached a crossroads, leaving fans to wonder once more whether the league’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative is anything more than empty words.

This time around, the Minnesota Wild, while celebrating Pride Night for the second time in the club’s history, find themselves in hot water after taking an enormous step in the wrong direction.

Despite announcements by the club to wear and later auction off Pride-themed warmup jerseys against the Calgary Flames, the organization reportedly opted against doing so at the last minute, calling off the jerseys just hours before puck drop.


The decision to drop the jerseys is yet another troubling revelation amidst a season rife with inflection points on hockey’s stance on diversity and inclusivity. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov brought the issue to the forefront after he sat out warmups and refused to wear the Flyers Pride-themed jersey back in January. The move, widely criticized around the hockey world, eventually opened the floodgates for others to do the same.

Multiple teams took Provorov’s cue and followed suit. Later in January, the New York Rangers opted against wearing their Pride-themed warmup jersey. Then, less than two weeks later, the New York Islanders did the same due to a supposed “organizational stance”.

Now want you to ask yourself just one question.

Do businesses sport us because they support us and are an ally or do businesses sport us because they think it will help their bottom line?

1 comment:

  1. Richard Nelson3/8/23, 2:06 PM

    And the BIG PUSH TO SHOVE that Harry Hay had warned us about hasn't even been rolling for that long. We are only in Step one, legal fascism. Yeah, allies running for the hills is nothing new. Nor is Gays and Lesbians who can pass and hide. Folks who know nothing about OurStories will be in for a rather rude awakening. As far as most businesses are concerned, I have never met a Capitalist that I have liked or anyone who bows to this dirty rotten system.