Many felt the National Hockey League only talked the talk, but backed down at crunch time, when Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf let loose a homophobic slur during Round 3 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs but was not suspended. Today, it appears the NHL may be heading towards a do-over on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender file. There is a controversial bill winding its way through the Texas Legislature — known as the “bathroom bill” — deemed homophobic and non-accepting of transgender rights. Should the bill pass, all eyes will be on the NHL, which recently awarded the 2018 draft to the Dallas Stars. The NHL has undertaken numerous initiatives to prove it is accepting of the LBGT community, including welcoming Pride Tape and pairing up with You Can Play. On Wednesday, both the Stars and the NHL condemned the senate bill. “We strongly oppose the bill in its original form,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sportsnet in an email Wednesday afternoon. “We hope and expect that bill in that form will not be passed into law. We would obviously have to reassess the situation in the event that happens.” The Senate bill, as described by the New York Times, “would require transgender people to use bathrooms in schools and local government buildings corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates or state-issued identification cards.” Championed primarily by the religious right, such a bill would stop school districts or other organizations from making their own decisions regarding acceptance of transgender people. Telling people which bathroom they are to use, opponents say, takes Texas back to the days when there were separate washroom facilities for blacks and whites.
NHL to reassess hosting '18 draft in Dallas if bathroom bill becomes law
Sportsnet | Aug 10