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CBC Interview on Homosexuality in Hockey (And More)



I’m surprisingly crappy at making the internet function as well as it can.  Surprising probably isn’t the right word.  In fact, it shouldn’t be in there at all.

I’m crappy at making the internet function as well as it can.

Basically, I don’t know how to imbed certain videos, so here’s the link to my CBC interview on homosexuality in hockey – I chime in at 6:25ish, but the whole thing is good.  And by good, I mean John Amaechi kills it, then I chuck in my opinon.

Hope you like it – I was about .2 seconds away from a sweat meltdown, so I’m glad the interview ended.


My buddy Neil sent me this today – it’s similar to the article I wrote for the Arizona Republic to start the year – wait.  ITS THE EXACT THING thing I wrote about the Coyotes to start the year, only out of Shane Doan’s mouth, the teams captain.

But I’m still the asshole, right Phoenix?

Doan’s words


One more thing – if you’re interested in hearing me say the exact same things, only in a different conversation, here’s my interview with NHL’s XM Home Ice:

XM tweeted, before my interview –  ”Justin Bourne joins HTM to talk about coming out as gay Minor League hockey Player”.  My fiance, Brianna, has officially made the transition from “this is funny” to “straighten this the f**k out”.


UPDATE – Spoke with the guy who wrote that I am, unbeknownst to myself, gay.  And somehow I feel bad.  He felt horrible, then I felt bad for being a dick to him about it.  Nice.


16 Responses to “CBC Interview on Homosexuality in Hockey (And More)”
  1. Tricia says:

    Excellent segment, both from you and John Amaechi.

    Nice of Mark Kelley to break the ice and let you know what you could and couldn’t say on CBC.

  2. Madeleine says:

    Awesome interview!!
    you and John Amaechi both did a fantastic job.

  3. Sherry says:

    Okay, checking in here in the wee hours (double fisting it with chamomile tea and Ketel One…) – nice job Justin, you came off well – good looking (previous night’s activities aside), well spoken, eminently thoughtful and intelligent. Really good interview.

    Whoduhthunkit – your little piece has really garnered some interest and provoked some dialogue. Right on.

  4. Shawn says:

    You may want to contact this guy – Ron Longley, Sun Media. From his article:

    “It’s the stark contrast in his personality to the perceived personality of the gay male and how Brian hasn’t so much as flinched about the whole thing,” Justin Bourne, a former minor pro hockey player who has acknowledged he is gay, told

    Unless you are gay, in which case it’s all good. But you should let your fiance know.

  5. John says:

    Well done on the interview!

  6. jtbourne says:

    Wow – that actually rattles me. Some guy just sitting there at his computer not checking facts…. isn’t that blogging? Brianna’s not impressed either. I just sent him a five sentence email that started with “Here’s where your public apology begins.” Fuck.

  7. zyllyx says:

    Hate to tell you this, Justin, but XM Home Ice tweeted this morning that they were going to interview Justin Bourne about coming out as a gay Minor League hockey player.

    Oh, and as far as being the “asshole” to Phoenix – let me reiterate that any THINKING Coyotes fan appreciated your article about the Coyotes as being realistic and smack on point.

    Now go eat some turkey and pie.

  8. jtbourne says:

    Wow. Leave it to Toronto media to have one guy make one thing up, then have everyone latch on to it.

  9. Sherry says:

    Funny that a lot of the talk has been that a “veteran” player needs to come out (for the good of those who are closeted), and it ends up being you and you’re not even gay. Good lord. It just goes to show you how keyed up people are on the subject – thus acting before thinking in some cases.

    Good that you got it straightened out, good that Longley felt bad – but what you did in writing the original article was still a great thing to do. Hope you are able to chuckle at some point today about being outed when you weren’t even in – you certainly seem to be “man enough” to take it Justin. :)

    Have a good Thanksgiving.

  10. Simone says:

    What’s up with all the profanity lately? Sure, a well-timed, well-placed curse word can serve to emphasize a point. But, it loses its punch with too much use and just seems lazy. Stay classy.

  11. jtbourne says:

    I’ve been meaning to link to this actually Simone… some huge stars put together something great! You might be really into it:

    …. jus’ jokes… jus’ jokes… :)

    (Thor Ramsey, Michael Joiner, Carlos Oscar and Michael Jr. just can’t miss!)

  12. Jake says:

    I always thought there was something funny about you.

  13. Pete says:

    it’s gotta be the soul patch…

  14. Char says:

    Leave it to the Toronto media? Oh, no, that’s ALL media, I’m afraid. But damn, that’s funny. I mean, no, that’s NOT funny. (hehehee)

    Anyway, good job on the interview. Nervewracking I know.

  15. Travelchic59 says:

    Very good interview. You seem to be a natural at it. There may be a TV gig in your future.

  16. minnesotagirl71 says:

    You may be working on getting the facts straight about your sexual orientation for a long time. It must be frustrating to have incorrect info floating around out there and no way to correct it. Swear all you want! (Brianna, too!)

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