Skip to comments.When Tradition and Taunts Collide: Gay Hockey Fans Criticize Garden
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 Goodmans 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 didnt wear it on my sleeve that Im gay. If I take a friend who is also gay who, for lack of a better term, is not as masculine, Im always sitting there a little tense. Like, is somebody going to say something to us? And its 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.
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Then this guy really won’t like football, what with we call Tony Romo. (Yes...it rhymes with ‘Romo’.)
Who gives a puck?
If they can’t stand the heat......they have a choice to NOT attend the hockey matches .....
A "gay man" not feeling comfortable in a garden? What's up with this?
Yea right...if I’m ever in a gay bar, how do you think they’ll treat me?
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”.
Oh no, the horror.
Gays feeling less than welcome somewhere?
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.
Unintentional humour alert.
As opposed to the WNBA games from I what I gather which are the exact opposite.
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.
one less dangerous person to worry about at a family oriented event.
Red Wing fans would never be so uncouth.
Forgot the obvious sarcasm tag.
Seeing octopi thrown onto the ice qualifies as uncouth to most.
Wanting warm fuzzies at a truly, tough masculine sport just doesn’t go together.
Gay man surprised by immaturity of hockey crowd.......wow..........who cares?
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.
So what, they would just throw an octopus at them?
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Got a term for that: Rump Ranger! Heh!
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!”
I saw a guy wearing a t-shirt last summer which said, “Silly faggots. Dicks are for chicks!”
What kind of Ranger is he...?
Sorry. I'll behave now.
Pretty gay if you ask me. Disgusting people.
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.
Maybe he should go to the ballet instead.
That is so gay.
I knew the Rangers were gay. Go Flyers!!!
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.
You'll be asked to dance a hell of a lot more often than a straight bar.........not that that's a bad thing
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.
Are you being serious?? Sorry if I missed the sarcasm.
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.
The men's room just got a bit safer. Maybe some of the stalls can now be used for actually going to the bathroom.
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.
Thanks for the link.
Good catch! That has to be him...how many gay Kevin Jennings could there be?
Oh the irony!
Like a hot dog treats a bun.
Search the Internet, I'm sure there are darling iron-on sleeve patches to match all your outfits.