It is an odd time in sports history. One could call it the pre-coming-out era. It may eventually be known as the curious time when not a single gay man in pro sports felt safe enough to discuss the simple fact that he has sex with other guys.
With the NHL on side, an up-and-coming out gay football player, and some queer-positive murmurings in other pro sports leagues, the question now is, what sport will cross the finish line first?
Burke and his son Patrick have been driving forces behind the You Can Play project, which was created to honour the memory of Brian’s son and Patrick’s brother, Brendan, who was killed in a car accident in 2010 — two years after coming out to his family.