Yes, this is progress

I’ve gotten in trouble for being too ‘political’ on Twitter before, especially when it comes to social issues.

I’ve gotten into trouble for being too ‘political’ on Twitter before, especially when it comes to social issues. Except I don’t consider many social issues to be ‘political.’ I consider them to be fundamental human rights issues.

This weekend, the Citizen ran this story about a young Ottawa athlete named Scott Haggart, who risked a great deal of abuse when he chose to reveal he was gay. To his surprise, many of his teammates rallied behind him, a sign that societal attitudes are changing.

Another sign is the fact 36 professional hockey players — including Daniel Alfredsson and Dion Phaneuf — have rallied behind the “If you can play, you can play” campaign that seeks to remove sexual orientation as a barrier to acceptance in sport.

And yet another sign…this, from Scotiabank Place Saturday night:

I think we can all agree that hockey game proposals can be pretty lame, and hopefully one day the idea of two women getting engaged at centre ice will garner nothing more than the shoulder shrug a straight couple might get in the same situation.

But for now, kudos to these two women and to the Ottawa Senators for taking yet another step towards making that a reality.

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