Brian Elliott Cuts a PSA Promoting Gay Athlete Acceptance
You Can Play was co-founded by Patrick Burke, pro hockey scout and son of NHL executive Brian Burke, to honor his brother Brendan. Brendan Burke came out publicly while a sophomore at Miami University, where he worked as the hockey team's video manager. The team and the larger NHL community, as well as his family, were supportive of Brendan's decision to go public with his sexuality; ESPN's hockey guy John Buccigross wrote one of his best features on Brendan's coming out and his father's reaction to the news. It's absolutely worth a read.
Brendan Burke died barely a year later in a car accident, leaving his brother and father to carry on his legacy as an advocate for LGBT tolerance in hockey and other sports. It's gratifying to see a St. Louis Blue stand up for the cause, particularly in light of recent developments in Missouri.