It Gets Better isn’t the only video project that is taking place to try and combat homophobia. NHL’s Burke family (Brian Burke, General Manager of the Tornoto Maple Leafs; Patrick Burke Scout for the Philadelphia Flyers) has created a new public-service announcement: You Can Play.
You Can Play, the campaign the players will introduce, is another in a series of efforts by hockey’s Burke family to open doors for gay athletes to participate in sports. It is intended to “make locker rooms safe for all athletes, rather than places of fear, slurs and bullying,” said Patrick Burke, a scout with the Philadelphia Flyers and a founder of the project.
Patrick Burke said that the project was a combined effort by gay and straight athletes and fans, but that the message was mainly aimed at straight audiences.
“It is important for straight athletes at all levels to step up and let gay athletes know they will be accepted,” he said, “and to let other straight athletes know that homophobic language and attitude is never appropriate.”