Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Former NHL Player Advocates for the LGBT Community

While NFL’s Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe made headlines this year for his strong support for marriage equality and LGBT rights, former New York Rangers hockey player Sean Avery continues to fight for gay rights in sports, the New York Daily News reports.

The athlete has raised concerns over the fact that NHL labor negotiations did not addressed what to do when a player uses an anti-gay slur. Avery called the league’s commissioner, Gary Bettman, "the worst" and believes penalties and fines should stricter when players use homophobic slurs.

In 2011, Avery, 32, publicly announced that he supports same-sex marriage and joined the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series of ads.  Full story here!

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