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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:29 AM
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New Brunswick Girls’ Ice Hockey Team Says No to Homophobia
http://ittakesateam.blogspot.com/2009/09/new-brunswick-...

In early 2009, the Woodstock High School Lady Thunder hockey team was undefeated on the ice, but after word got around that two of its players were gay, taunts and harassment toward the team flooded the rink and the internet.

Right-winger and assistant captain Sierra Paul, 16, and centre Alyssa McLean, 17, told their teammates about their sexual orientation and received nothing but support. Another team in the league, however, posted anti-gay messages on Facebook and refused to shake hands after games.

"They said, 'You're a disgrace to society and the world would be a better place if you were dead,'" Paul says, adding the whole team was taunted with homophobic slurs.

"They get in your head," says McLean, "You get discouraged."

The Lady Thunder girls didn't hurl insults back or complain to administrators. Instead they approached the school's gay-straight alliance (GSA) and all 18 team members wore rainbow-striped pins, with the words "No Homophobia," to their games.

Not only was the move a show of solidarity, it opened up a dialogue with other teams in the province. They even shared the pins with a team from northern New Brunswick.

Word of the girls' efforts eventually got back to Gordon Porter, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and, on Sep 16, he presented the WHS Lady Thunder with the provincial human rights award.
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:46 AM
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1. Very nice!
Thanks for sharing.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:00 AM
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2. Recommended.
Go, Lady Thunder!

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:07 AM
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3. K&R
awesome gals taking a stand for decency
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:14 AM
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4. No hollering. No threats. No Bullshit.
Something as simple as wearing a pin can change someones mind and attitude.

There is a lesson here.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:51 AM
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5. kick
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:03 AM
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6. Oh. I guess right-winger means something very different in this context.
Way to go, ladies! :applause:
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appal_jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:47 PM
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12. I had to read that twice too.
First read: "Right Winger?"

Second read: "Oh, they mean on the ice..."

:)

Excellent, inspiring OP ccharles. Nice to see a principled and classy resistance to homophobia that succeeds admirably.

-app
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:39 AM
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7. K&R
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:04 AM
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8. K&R
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AlecBGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:58 PM
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9. im so proud to be a human being some times
times like this :)
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Union Yes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:41 PM
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10. knr for human rights, equality, and acceptance for all.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:44 PM
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11. Jeebus. I thought kids were mostly over that these days. Sigh.
:(
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:15 PM
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15. Oh heeeeeeeeeeell no, they aren't. (nt)
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Jackeens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:47 PM
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13. Absolutely awe-inspiring - the most uplifting story I've read in an age. Thank you.
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Tim01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:52 PM
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14. NIce. k&r nt
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