Proud to Play in Canada’s Sports Culture

By Stephen Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities.

The world of sports is filled with images of achievement, teamwork and a drive to be the best you can be. But, what if you’re an athlete who feel the need to hide part of yourself away from the world? What if the highly public sports culture in which you are immersed forces you to be very private about an essential part of your identity?

Today on the Canadian Launchpod, two authors who have new books out that take us into the lives of LBGTQ2 athletes who are bringing their true selves out into the open. Paul Coccia’s new YA fiction release, The Player, tells the story of Cooper a goalie for a high-performing hockey team and the romantic relationship that he develops with one of his teammates

Erin Silver’s non-fiction release, Proud To Play: Canadian LGBTQ+ Athletes Who Made History, is a book about the secrets kept by some of Canada’s most elite athletes—and what happened when they told their truth to the world.

Also joining us on the Launch Pod, volleyball player and coach, Chris Voth, one of the athletes featured in Erin’s book. Chris is Canada’s first active openly gay national team athlete.

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Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.