Here’s something to really cheer about: the Toronto Marlies are publicly advocating a You Can Play pledge against racism, sexism and homophobia. The pledge offers support for LGBT teammates, coaches and fans and a written version is posted in the locker room as a constant reminder and in their arena for fans to see.
The You Can Play Pledge:
The Toronto Marlies pledge to support all of our teammates, coaches, and fans – gay or straight. We stand for the idea that athletes should be judged by their character, work ethic, and talent. Not their sexual orientation. Racist, sexist, and homophobic comments have no place in our arena. Everyone contributes. Everyone is valued. Everyone matters. We pledge to make our locker room a place of unity. We pledge to support and encourage each other, on and off the ice. We pledge to make Toronto proud to have us represent them. On behalf of the Toronto Marlies, we pledge: If you can cheer, you can cheer. If you can coach, you can coach. If you can play, You Can Play.
In the wake of Yunel Escobar’s homophobic slur written on his face, the Marlies pledge is welcome change in the face of Toronto sports and really something to cheer for!