TSN talks to Brian Burke and his son Brendan Burke about coming out





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Published on Nov 27, 2009

Brian Burke, the President and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his son Brendan Burke on TSN discussing Brendan's coming out and the struggles and challenges that still exist for gay athletes.

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Here's the original article:

Original TSN clip: http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/clip239464#cl...

TSN's Dave Hodge responds to viewer reactions to the interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJe4Ll...


UPDATE 3: Please read:
"True advocates like Brendan Burke are hard to come by"

UPDATE 2: The impact of Brendan's courage and his father's support for his gay son extended far beyond the world of hockey and the Maple Leafs. Many in the gay community are responding with shock and sadness to the the news of his tragic death:

"Who knows how many lives this brave young man touched in his 21 years, I know he touched mine."

"It truly hit me hard when I read that headline. I've never been shaken so hard by the death of someone I've never met. I hope his story and message lives on in all of us."


Article on Mark Reedy who was in the car with Brian Burke and also died in the accident:

UPDATE: Just heard the horrible news that Brendan died in a car accident. I didn't know him but he recently sent me a note about posting this video:

"Hey Justin
Thank you very much for putting the video up to youtube. A bunch of friends and family have been able to see the interview because you have the link up, so I sincerely do appreciate that. I've received a lot of messages and emails, and every single one is still positive, which is pretty cool. I'm glad the story has meant something to people.
Happy holidays, Go leafs!

My deepest condolences to his friends and family.

"Brendan Burke, 21, who broke homophobic barriers in hockey, dies in accident in Indiana"


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