Hockey Scout Speaks Out On The Importance Of Gay Role Models In Sports

Patrick Burke, an NHL scout and the brother of Brendan Burke — one of the first openly gay athletes in hockey — called on gays and lesbians to come out and straight athletes to accept their teammates. “We need more role models. We need more straight and gay athletes at the professional level to step up and say that it’s okay,” he said. “Having a masculine role model would be a huge, huge step forward.” Burke also cited this 2006 Sports Illustrated study, which found that 80 percent of hockey players would support an openly-gay player. Watch it: