Pride Tape, rainbow-colored strips that hockey players can decorate their sticks with, is intended for LGBT athletes and allies alike to show their support.
“[It’s] a badge of support to LGBT youth, to say ’you’re welcome in our sporting communities,’” Kris Wells, director of the Institute for the Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alabama, told CBC.
“This is a way to signal you’re an ally without having to actually say anything.”
The Pride Tape campaign’s Kickstarter page has garnered 133 backers already, totaling $6,000 to date.
The goal is to get $39,386 in donations by February 4, in order to manufacture and distribute 10,000 rolls of tape.
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I love this so much. I think it is very important that athletes stand up for athletes that are in the LGBT community. There are a lot of people who still believe that being gay is unnatural and I feel like for athletes they would be judged much more harshly. In some people’s opinion it isn’t “manly” to be homosexual and somehow manliness goes along with your skill when it comes to a sport. Of course it isn’t. If you have a skill then you have a skill, you can be straight, gay, lesbian, whoever and still be good at the sport!
Truthfully I don’t have much more to say about the topic. I find it hard to believe that in 2015 people are still do jusgemental and hateful when it comes to groups of people.
Good for Andrew Ference for taking a stand to help those who are afraid to stand up for themselves.