Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke will be honoured on Monday with the Ally Award from the PFLAG. Here is the text of his acceptance speech:
I am pleased and proud to receive the “Ally Award” from PFLAG this evening.
And I ask early in the new year that all our fans focus on this issue for the coming year and beyond. The LGBT community has made great strides in the last few years, but a great deal of hard work lies ahead before we eliminate all bias and ignorance.
So I ask you to “Take Three Steps” with me to aid the LGTB community.
First, practice and teach acceptance. If this step alone is taken, time will detroy the prejudice this community faces. But we can accelerate this process by taking a second step.
Second step, join a group that supports the LGBT community. Like PFLAG. Show people you are committed to making a difference.
And third step, stop homophobic slurs and bullying. No child should get on a school bus in fear. This needs to stop.
Please join with me in this battle for equality!