Homophobia and transphobia in sports is the theme for QMUNITY’s 9th Annual International Day Against Homophobia Breakfast set for the Hotel Vancouver on Friday, May 17, 2013.
With the recent focus on homophobia in sports with the You Can Play Project co-founded by Patrick Burke, son of former Vancouver Canucks GM Brian Burke, and the much published appearance of Canuck centre Manny Malhotra at last year’s Vancouver Pride Parade, it should come as no a surprise that sports is the theme for this year’s IDAH breakfast. But despite the strides being made that would have been unheard of only a few years ago, QMUNITY’s Executive Director Dara Parker says there is still much work to be done.
“Despite all the progress made for LGBTQ rights, there remain very few out athletes in competitive sport,” says Parker as to how QMUNITY came to pick the theme for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia Breakfast. “Unfortunately from university level athletics to professional leagues, sport remains one of the arenas where people do not feel safe to be who they are.”
Hosted by UBC journalism instructor Kathryn Gretsinger, the breakfast will include an appearance from Cory Oskam, the young hockey player from East Vancouver who recently came out as transgendered to his team on his 16th birthday and celebrated the day by skating with his namesake, Canuck goaltender Cory Schneider (photo right).
Also scheduled to appear is rower Ben Rutledge who won gold at the Beijing Olympics as part of the Men’s 8+ team and Dr. Louise Cowin, Vice President of Students and Diversity Advocate at the University of British Columbia.
International Day Against Homophobia Breakfast
Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Friday, 17 May 2013 at 7am – 10pm
Visit http://idah.eventbrite.ca for tickets.