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NHL Reverses Its LGBTQ Pride Ban

By Charlotte Robinson, October 25, 2023

The National Hockey League (NHL) has reversed its decision to ban Pride Tape & other displays of support for our LGBTQ community on the ice. NHL spokesperson stated, “After consultation with the NHL Players Association & the NHL Player Inclusion Coalition, players will now have the option to voluntarily represent social causes with their stick tape throughout the season.” The reversal is after the league was criticized earlier this month when they announced a ban of individual players from expressing visible support for Pride & other social causes. On Saturday Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott became the first player to defy the policy & used rainbow tape on the ice. Arizona will host the NHL’s first Pride Night of the season this Friday October 27th. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO stated, "The NHL has listened to its loyal fans, hardworking team players & trusted community members & made the decision to reverse the unnecessary & hurtful policy that banned support of Pride & LGBTQ people. The NHL has been a longtime supporter of a number of community causes & inclusion & this decision is reflective of its values which align with the majority of those who follow hockey. GLAAD data shows that Americans widely seek out brands & employers who take a stand in support of LGBTQ rights; & 70% of non-LGBTQ Americans agree that companies should publicly support & include the LGBTQ community through their corporate practices. Allowing players to express themselves while participating in this sport means encouraging individual choice & free expression, including actions that show support & make hockey more welcoming to all."

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