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Patrick Burke
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Patrick Burke is the president and founding partner of the You Can Play Project, an organization fighting homophobia in sports. Burke's work on LGBT issues was inspired by his late brother, Brendan, who was an openly gay hockey manager at Miami University. In its short time in existence, You Can Play has broken new ground in the sports world, establishing official partnerships with major sports leagues and collegiate conferences. Burke currently serves as Director of Player Safety for the National Hockey League.

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Over the Line: Allies in the LGBT Sports Movement

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:32 PM

A few months ago, a reporter called me and said he wanted to talk about the LGBT sports movement for a piece he was doing. We established a convenient time, exchanged numbers, and hopped on a call. It turns out the piece was on Brittney Griner, an elite female basketball...

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'YOU Belong Initiative' Sports Camp Opens Doors for LGBTQ Youth

(6) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 10:00 AM

The discussion has raged publicly for months, behind closed doors for years, and inside closeted players' minds for decades: When will the first active athlete in a Big Four sport come out? Which sport will it be? What will his teammates say? It's an important discussion, one that

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