You Can Play

LGBTQ athletes. Allies. Teaming up for respect.

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USA Network Honors Burke with Characters Unite Award

You Can Play will receive a $5,000 grant from USA Networks, a network of NBCUniversal, in honor of Patrick Burke's work as co-founder of You Can Play. Read More »

Major League Soccer and MLS Players Union Announce You Can Play Partnership

Major League Soccer and its players union are teaming up with You Can Play in a show of support for diversity and inclusion of all athletes, coaches and fans regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read More »

Congratulations to Jason Collins

The first out male athlete playing in a major American sports league gets a high-five from everyone at You Can Play. Read More »

NHL and NHLPA Announce Partnership with You Can Play

The National Hockey League and its players association become the first major American sports league to formalize a relationship supporting LGBT athletes, staff and fans. Read More »

Burke On You Can Play One Year Anniversary

You Can Play co-founder Patrick Burke gives his perspective on the first year anniversary of the organization's launch. Read More »

You Can Play Joins Video Campaign Against Homophobia in Schools

You Can Play is proud to support the Out In Schools video contest to fight homophobia in schools. Youth from across Canada are invited to make videos about being inclusive in schools whether that's the classroom, lunchroom or locker room. Read More »

Davis, Kahrl and Tuaolo Join You Can Play Advisory Board

Baseball expert Christina Kahrl and former NFL players Wade Davis and Esera Tuaolo have joined the You Can Play advisory board, advocating on behalf of LGBT athletes. Read More »

You Can Play Issues Joint Statement on 49ers’ Chris Culliver Anti-Gay Comments

You Can Play, Athlete Ally and GLAAD have responded to San Francisco 49ers player Chris Culliver's anti-gay comments with a call for education in sports. Read More »

CWHL Becomes First League to Partner with You Can Play

The Canadian Women's Hockey League will partner with You Can Play to end homophobia in sports. Read More »

America East Partners with You Can Play Project

The nine member schools of the America East Conference are partnering with You Can Play to present programs that prevent homophobic culture in locker rooms and fan spectator areas. Read More »

Gear up, Toronto!

You Can Play apparel is available now and exclusively at the Real Sports store on York Street in Toronto. Read More »

You Can Play Meets with Escobar, Blue Jays Management

Representatives of You Can Play today met with Toronto Blue Jays management and player Yunel Escobar following his use of a homophobic slur during a September 15 game. Read More »

Canucks’ Malhotra, You Can Play’s Patrick Burke to March in Vancouver Pride

Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra and You Can Play co-founder Patrick Burke will join the Cutting Edges gay hockey team in Vancouver's gay pride parade this weekend. Read More »

Unrealized Potential

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Sean Lane’s Venture For America Project Benefits You Can Play

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Statement Regarding Cam Janssen

Statement regarding New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen. Read More »

LA Blades Playing for Equality for Nearly 30 Years

The LA Blades was the first openly gay and lesbian ice hockey team in the US and the team's video for You Can Play continues a decades-long effort on behalf of equality for all athletes. Read More »

AHL Monarchs Support You Can Play

The LA Kings' affiliate in the AHL, the Manchester (NH) Monarchs, supports the You Can Play Project. Read More »

You Can Play - Unscripted, Part 3

As You Can Play nears its two-month anniversary, here's more reaction to the project from some of the biggest names in the NHL - all promising respect for LGBT athletes and saying that a gay teammate would be like family. Read More »

You Can Play - Unscripted, Part 2

NHL players and the league's commissioner, Gary Bettman, talk about You Can Play, LGBT athletes and their teams. Read More »

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