One only needs to look at the small number of openly gay football and hockey players to realize that being LGBTQ+ remains taboo in the locker room.
Now the subject of an intense, hopeful documentary, director Paul Émile d’Entremont has created a work that can give others athletes to idolize. Furthermore, it may give others courage to come out as well, and that could make all the difference.
Following a former soccer star, former hockey player, two former high school footballers, and a former ice skater, this film gives is Canadian — and Atlantic Canadian — athletes to look up to.
They speak about their experiences with LGBTQ+ issues, ranging from acceptance to flat-out ignorance, and show that while there’s major room for improvement, there are allies out there in the athletic trenches who can help.
This is a truly moving documentary, and as a young gay man, this one hit home particularly hard. It’s a tough watch, but the rigour with which d’Entremont made this doc does the subject justice.