"I participated (in You Can Play) because it's something I believe in. I've tweeted before (@ryanwhitney6
) about supporting gay marriage and also thought the You Can Play Project was a great idea.
"The work You Can Play is doing is great because I think it's going to someday help someone come forward and not be afraid to say they are gay and an athlete -- and if over 10 years it only forces or helps one kid come forward, that means it was a huge success.
"I think and hope The Oilers would be open to have any teammate that treats his teammates with respect, and can play hockey no matter what race, sexual orientation or anything else you could think of.
"I would encourage other athletes, if they believe in the cause to come forward because you can never have enough voices to support a cause like this."