PETERS – Blazers pride night a great step forward for inclusion

(Image: CFJC Today)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED after the Kamloops Blazers hosted a pride night on Wednesday: nothing. Well, nothing regressive and toxic, as far as we can tell.

The Blazers wore special pride-themed sweaters that were auctioned off after the game to benefit the Interior Community Services Safe Spaces program.

The lack of vocal opposition to the event was refreshing. No one even grumbled on CFJC‘s Facebook page. That feels like a first.

Pride nights have, unfortunately, become controversial at the NHL level.

Players like Ivan Provorov and James Reimer have refused to participate — inasmuch as wearing a jersey for a 15-minute warmup is participating — citing their own religious beliefs.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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