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The Stanley Cup -- Full of Pride ... Gay Pride

6/28/2010 4:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With rainbow flags leading their path, Chicago Blackhawks Brent Sopel and the Stanley Cup had a gay ol' time this weekend ... at Chicago's Gay Pride festival on Sunday.

While it was the Stanley Cup's first appearance at a gay pride event, Sopel wanted to ride in the parade to honor Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke's son, Brendan, who was killed in a car accident just three months after publicly coming out of the closet.

Now the Stanley Cup plays on everyone's team.

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Hey OklahomaJoe can you provide the link for your stats?

1578 days ago


I love the pic of Patrick Elias in bed with the cup, but the TMZ guy always (twice) pronounces his name wrong. He's from the Czech Repulic and his last name "Elias" is pronounced (El-EE-ASH).

Good on Brent Sopel to bring The Cup to the Pride Parade. But why is the tag on the article "Brendal Sopel". that's just weird.

1578 days ago


No No No!!! Lord Stanley's Cup is NOT a political symbol. It should not be affiliated with ANY type of political struggle. It's bad enough the NHL has whored out it's image to any corporation with enough money.

1578 days ago


This is way cool. The cup deserves to be seen by everyone!!! And there are parades for straight people, its called the christmas parade.

1578 days ago


Jim K, this WAS a gay pride parade. The gay hockey association just happened to have a float in the parade. Brent, who is no longer a Chicago Blackhawk, was there to honor his friend, Brian. At least that much is true.

1578 days ago


Mandy, are you saying that gay people don't celebrate Christmas? If "everybody deserves to see the cup" should they bring it to a KKK rally? I mean they have the right to see the cup and the right to have a parade if they want, right?

1578 days ago


If being gay is a choice, then being STR8 is a choice. So when did you decide to be gay? Did you wake up one morning and were going to be gay but said to yourself, "No. Given all the hate gays have to endure in the USA, I think I'll try out this hetero thing for a while and see how it works out"?

1578 days ago


I have more respect for Brent Sopel now. It is nice to see that he is supportive of the gay community.

Also, as for people bringing religion into this saying that homosexuality is a sin, that it’s against what the bible teaches, and gays are going to burn in ‘hell’ - that argument is invalid, not all of us believe in your ‘god’ that you are so fond of bringing up in every argument.

1578 days ago


I'm guessing that the religious people that are against homosexuality are also pro-life? If the fetus you save is gay, will you still fight for its rights?

1578 days ago


@GeminiGrl569 your forget that being Gay is a choice, pro-life has nothing to do with it.

1577 days ago


What planet are you from that you think being gay is a CHOICE???

1577 days ago


yep sure is, show me scientific genetic proof it isn't a choice. You cant because there isn't any but there is proof that its a choice all day long.

1577 days ago


I'm afraid Oklahoma Joe is right. It *is* a choice... but not about being gay. It's a choice to be honest with yourself and others about who you are. For years we've seen people who lie about themselves-- simply out of fear of society's limited view of who they should be. In turn, they hurt not only themselves but many others--not because they are gay but because they were dishonest.

What OK Joe doesn't understand, being someone who's obviously never lied about anything in his life, is the incredible drain that trying to be something you're not has on a person.

For no other reason, Gay Pride is a celebration of those who are courageous enough to stand up and say "this is who I am". Having a straight hockey player say "It's okay to be different"... shows that many in this country are moving forward.

OK Joe, maybe in your quieter moments you'll realize that not everyone is wrong for not being just like you. If being honest is against God, then I'm not sure what kind of God you worship.

1577 days ago


Well said, Sam.

Scientific researchers specializing in human sexuality have repeatedly shown that homosexuality is genetic.

Scientific research publications from October 2004 and June 2008 stated that scientists have found that women tend to have more children when they inherit the same genetic factors linked to homosexuality in men. This fertility boost more than compensates for the lack of offspring fathered by gay men, and keeps the “gay” genetic factors in circulation.

A 2005 study reported genetic scans showing a clustering of the same genetic pattern among gay men on three chromosomes - chromosomes 7, 8, and 10. The regions on chromosome 7 and 8 were associated with male sexual orientation regardless of whether the man got them from his mother or father. The regions on chromosome 10 were only associated with male sexual orientation if they were inherited from the mother.

A study from 2006 said that researchers have known for years that a man's likelihood of being gay rises with the number of older biological brothers, but the new study found that the so-called "fraternal birth order effect" persists even if gay men were raised away from their biological families. Anthony F. Bogaert, Ph.D., professor at Brock University, said "The research suggests that the development of sexual orientation is influenced before birth."

The older-brother effect was constant regardless of whether the men were raised with natural, adopted or stepbrothers. It also didn't matter if they weren't raised with their biological mothers. If gay younger brothers and older brothers don't have the same home environments, what do they have in common? "They shared the same uterus, the same womb, the same mother," Bogaert said.

In addition to these studies, other researchers have said:

"Potential for homosexual response is prevalent and genetic," Santtila P et. al.; Department of Psychology, Abo Akademi University.

"Genetic investigations provide strong evidence for a heritable component to male and female sexual orientation," Rahman Q et. al.; School of Psychology, University of East London.

"Genetic research using family and twin methodologies has produced consistent evidence that genes influence sexual orientation," Mustanski BS et. al.; Department of Psychology, Indiana University.

"The survival of a human predisposition for homosexuality can be explained by sexual orientation being a polygenetic trait that is influenced by a number of genes," Miller EM.; University of New Orleans.

"Human sexual orientation has a heritable component," Pillard RC et. al.; Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine.


1577 days ago


Interesting, whats also interesting is that a group of scientist from Harvard university concluded the opposite findings that homosexuality is not genetic but is what they said " Nothing more then the placebo affect. Telling someone who or what they are over and over and the human mind will change with it."

Another research group came with the same conclusions from Oxford University as well as Michigan state University.

My sources:

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