Ok, so this isn’t a post about hockey, but about something that happened in another NYC gay sports organization. The Outsports.com website reported this week that a rugby team refused to play the Gotham Knights, an NYC gay rugby team, when the Knights would not confirm that everyone on the team was HIV negative. It’s shocking in 2006 that a question like this would even be asked! You can read the whole story here, and hopefully be as outraged as I am that something like this happened.
I’ve never witnessed anything like this in the five years I’ve been playing hockey. I’ve heard name calling from time-to-time, but nothing on the level of this. I hope I never do.
In the middle of pride month, and as the 25th Anniversary of the AIDS epidemic was marked this month, it’s sad that this occurred… especially in a city that supposed to be as progressive as NYC.