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When Tradition and Taunts Collide: Gay Hockey Fans Criticize Garden
The New York Slimes ^ | March 21, 2008 | KATIE THOMAS

Posted on 03/22/2008 9:12:52 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage

During the final 10 minutes of many Rangers home games, the spotlights focus on Section 407 as Larry Goodman, a longtime season-ticket holder, pumps up the crowd with a goofy dance.

Kevin Jennings said he stopped attending Rangers games for a month because of homophobic epithets shouted at players. As Goodman’s routine is broadcast on the giant monitors above the ice, a familiar chant picks up momentum. “Ho-mo Lar-ry!” the crowd shouts. “Ho-mo Lar-ry!”

The chant is one example of what several gay hockey fans describe as a toxic atmosphere during Rangers games and that Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, is not doing nearly enough to address their concerns.

Kevin Jennings, a Rangers fan who is gay, said he stopped attending home games for about a month this season because he felt so uncomfortable with the homophobic epithets that are shouted to the players.

Ray Stankes, 50, of Bayside, Queens, said he canceled season tickets he had had for 25 years in part because of the antigay environment.

“This is a place where I grew up, and I never really felt uncomfortable at the Garden,” Stankes said. “I didn’t wear it on my sleeve that I’m gay. If I take a friend who is also gay who, for lack of a better term, is not as masculine, I’m always sitting there a little tense. Like, is somebody going to say something to us? And it’s made it not quite as fun as it used to be.”

Other fans recalled that the crowd booed when the name of the New York City Gay Hockey Association, a recreational league, flashed briefly across the jumbo screen.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; nhl; rumpranger

1 posted on 03/22/2008 9:12:53 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Comparative Advantage

Then this guy really won’t like football, what with we call Tony Romo. (Yes...it rhymes with ‘Romo’.)


2 posted on 03/22/2008 9:15:00 AM PDT by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: Comparative Advantage

Who gives a puck?


3 posted on 03/22/2008 9:17:18 AM PDT by Into the Vortex
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To: Comparative Advantage

If they can’t stand the heat......they have a choice to NOT attend the hockey matches .....


4 posted on 03/22/2008 9:18:56 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Comparative Advantage
“This is a place where I grew up, and I never really felt uncomfortable at the Garden,”

A "gay man" not feeling comfortable in a garden? What's up with this?

5 posted on 03/22/2008 9:21:32 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Free New York)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Yea right...if I’m ever in a gay bar, how do you think they’ll treat me?


6 posted on 03/22/2008 9:22:07 AM PDT by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: Comparative Advantage

What is really upsetting to the fetishist is the fact that his practice of playing with other men’s penises is not accepted by normal society.

There THAT is what is really upsetting “him”.


7 posted on 03/22/2008 9:22:58 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Oh no, the horror.
Gays feeling less than welcome somewhere?


8 posted on 03/22/2008 9:23:05 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Comparative Advantage
Uhhhh.... "Homo" is short for "homosexual". It does not contain any value judgments whatsoever.

If the gentleman believes that the word "homosexual" is a derogatory term, then he must not like homosexuals very much. He ought to sue himself for gay hatred.

Of course, this is more about a play for money, using the gay card, and continuing to put the false perception of widespread anti-gay bias into the media. It is nothing more.

9 posted on 03/22/2008 9:24:15 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Wafa Sultan is my heroine!)
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To: Comparative Advantage
If I take a friend who is also gay who, for lack of a better term, is not as masculine

*****************

Unintentional humour alert.

10 posted on 03/22/2008 9:24:31 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Comparative Advantage

As opposed to the WNBA games from I what I gather which are the exact opposite.


11 posted on 03/22/2008 9:24:59 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Comparative Advantage

The NY Slimes is just preparing the way for Canada-style criminal penalties for “hate” speech. “Hate” speech is defined as any speech the left loonies don’t like.


12 posted on 03/22/2008 9:28:01 AM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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To: Teacher317

one less dangerous person to worry about at a family oriented event.


13 posted on 03/22/2008 9:30:57 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Red Wing fans would never be so uncouth.


14 posted on 03/22/2008 9:36:46 AM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Forgot the obvious sarcasm tag.


15 posted on 03/22/2008 9:39:45 AM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Mark was here
Red Wing fans would never be so uncouth.

Seeing octopi thrown onto the ice qualifies as uncouth to most.

16 posted on 03/22/2008 9:40:26 AM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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To: Mark was here

Too late!


17 posted on 03/22/2008 9:41:27 AM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Wanting warm fuzzies at a truly, tough masculine sport just doesn’t go together.


18 posted on 03/22/2008 9:42:41 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Gay man surprised by immaturity of hockey crowd.......wow..........who cares?


19 posted on 03/22/2008 9:46:19 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Comparative Advantage
“Ho-mo Lar-ry!”

Shouldn't the chant be something that rhymes? I still remember "Mean Gene the Dancing Machine"; "Gene the Fancy Stepper" just doesn't stir the crowd the same way.

20 posted on 03/22/2008 9:47:22 AM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: Mark was here
Red Wing fans would never be so uncouth.

So what, they would just throw an octopus at them?

21 posted on 03/22/2008 9:48:40 AM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: 50mm

Yep.


22 posted on 03/22/2008 9:50:04 AM PDT by rintense (You don't advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. Piss off McCain and Huck!)
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To: Comparative Advantage
Stupid faggots.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

23 posted on 03/22/2008 9:52:17 AM PDT by wku man (BLOAT while you can...)
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To: Comparative Advantage
If I take a friend who is also gay who, for lack of a better term, is not as masculine

Got a term for that: Rump Ranger! Heh!

24 posted on 03/22/2008 9:54:03 AM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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To: Comparative Advantage

http://www.homolarry.com/


25 posted on 03/22/2008 9:54:28 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: wku man

“Stupid faggots.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!”

I saw a guy wearing a t-shirt last summer which said, “Silly faggots. Dicks are for chicks!”


26 posted on 03/22/2008 9:58:26 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Comparative Advantage
Kevin Jennings, a Rangers fan who is gay...

What kind of Ranger is he...?

Sorry. I'll behave now.

27 posted on 03/22/2008 10:01:47 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Comparative Advantage; Bender2
There are other options in New York. How gay is that?


Pretty gay if you ask me. Disgusting people.

28 posted on 03/22/2008 10:08:17 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I think that this is the same Kevin Jennings whose occupation is inserting homosexual clubs into middle schools and high schools. In other words, he is a professional homosexual activist. It appears that he is offering his “services” to MSG in the same way that Jesse Jackson offers his “services” to corporate America. He is just looking to see if he can get on the “minority/sensitivity” gravy train.


29 posted on 03/22/2008 10:09:39 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Maybe he should go to the ballet instead.


30 posted on 03/22/2008 10:24:06 AM PDT by Gil4
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To: Comparative Advantage
New York City Gay Hockey Association

That is so gay.

31 posted on 03/22/2008 10:29:21 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Comparative Advantage

I knew the Rangers were gay. Go Flyers!!!


32 posted on 03/22/2008 10:40:51 AM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (I'm a happy man, I have a new battery for my remote control!!!)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Aaawwwww, did the poor little gays get their little feelings hurt? Gays really endulge in the narcissism thing, don’t they?

No offense intended, but shut the hell up. Nobody cares if you like to “go that way” and calling someone “Homo Larry” means that he’s acting like an effeminate little girl.

Yours truly,
The Woim


33 posted on 03/22/2008 10:49:40 AM PDT by The Woim (I'm The Woim and conservatives need to fight to abolish the Dept of Education)
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To: CIDKauf
if I’m ever in a gay bar, how do you think they’ll treat me?

You'll be asked to dance a hell of a lot more often than a straight bar.........not that that's a bad thing

34 posted on 03/22/2008 10:59:17 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Monkey spanking is cruel......)
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To: Comparative Advantage

I heard gay fans go to figure skating events and taunt the straight skaters with chants of hetero Joe and other chants relating to the skaters love of the female anatomy that I do not care to share.


35 posted on 03/22/2008 11:04:12 AM PDT by Biblebelter (If whites spew hate, Obama calls it hate speech, when his pastor says it, he calls it anger speech.)
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To: Biblebelter

Are you being serious?? Sorry if I missed the sarcasm.


36 posted on 03/22/2008 11:06:27 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Biblebelter

On this forum , it is pretty typical on the homosexual threads for posters not to be serious and be sarcastic without providing the net protocols symbols for sarcasm. If you missed my sarcasm, you probably read my post correctly. I was not trying to be sarcastic, simply mildly humorous which failed with you. My point here is not to defend anything that I posted which is not in need of any defense, simply to offer a tedious explanation.


37 posted on 03/22/2008 11:16:16 AM PDT by Biblebelter (If whites spew hate, Obama calls it hate speech, when his pastor says it, he calls it anger speech.)
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To: longtermmemmory
one less dangerous person to worry about at a family oriented event

The men's room just got a bit safer. Maybe some of the stalls can now be used for actually going to the bathroom.

38 posted on 03/22/2008 12:39:18 PM PDT by Minipax
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To: Comparative Advantage

Back in the 50s Rangers had a skilled defenseman named Allen Stanley. His only problem was a seeming desire to avoid body checks. The Ranger faithful at the Old Garden, on 49th & 8th, would chant Sonja when he got the puck. A delicious reference to Gold Medal winner and Ice Capades star, Sonja Hennie (sic). The crowd would also serenade Stanley with renditions of Let Me Call you Sweetheart. Stanley was traded to Maple Leafs where his gentlemanly skills were more appreciated. Times change and sports and fans heve grown less civil, but how would the Times react today if Larry the fan was more like his predecessors. I think the same false, politically correct outrage would still be found.


39 posted on 03/22/2008 12:57:00 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: atomicpossum
ROFLMAO

Thanks for the link.

40 posted on 03/22/2008 5:29:28 PM PDT by TheMole
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To: Comparative Advantage
"It’s a pervasive problem,” said Jennings, who is the executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a nonprofit group that promotes tolerance of gays and lesbians. “I took my godson a few months ago. I won’t take him again. He’s 6. I don’t want him looking around and seeing other men engaging in this behavior and thinking this is the way you behave.”"
41 posted on 03/22/2008 9:36:53 PM PDT by OeOeO
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To: achilles2000

Good catch! That has to be him...how many gay Kevin Jennings could there be?


42 posted on 03/25/2008 9:19:01 AM PDT by CatQuilt (Lover of cats =^..^= and quilts)
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To: OeOeO

Oh the irony!


43 posted on 03/25/2008 9:19:42 AM PDT by CatQuilt (Lover of cats =^..^= and quilts)
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To: CIDKauf

Like a hot dog treats a bun.


44 posted on 03/25/2008 9:21:48 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (Sure, they'd love to kill me, as long as they can do it without admitting I exist)
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To: Comparative Advantage
I didn’t wear it on my sleeve that I’m gay.

Search the Internet, I'm sure there are darling iron-on sleeve patches to match all your outfits.

45 posted on 03/25/2008 9:25:56 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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