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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Heartwarming Hockey News: Transgender Teen Shares the Ice with Canucks Goalie, Whom He Named Himself After

Posted by on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

The NHL has been increasingly supportive of the LGBTQ community. Last year, after the You Can Play project was launched, dozens of players, coaches, and more recorded messages for the campaign that's "dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports."

Yesterday posted this heartwarming story about 16-year-old Cory Oskam, who "recently shared the ice with his idol Cory Schneider, whom he named himself after upon transitioning from female to male."

When Nicole Oskam took her two-year-old daughter Anneke shopping for big girl underwear 14 years ago, pink was out, as were unicorns and Strawberry Shortcake. Anneke wanted Superman underwear and wasn’t leaving the store without them.

Anneke, fantastic taste in superhero gitch and all, was a gender nonconforming child from a very young age, according to Nicole, who assumed her daughter was a tomboy.

Fast-forward from the beginning of Anneke’s journey to where she is today and, well, a lot has changed.

For starters, Anneke is now Cory, a 16-year-old male currently blissfully residing on cloud nine after sharing the ice at Rogers Arena with Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider.

Yes, the most recent chapter to Cory’s story had him standing beside his hero, after whom he renamed himself upon making the transition to become male, as part of Minor Hockey Week when the Canucks hosted the Calgary Flames on January 23rd.

Read the whole story here. It's pretty wonderful.

(And sorry for any typos—my eyes are watering and I can't see all that well. I must've gotten something in my eye. An eyelash or a piece of dust or something. *sniff*)


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Will in Seattle 1
Vancouver Canucks ftw!
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Hernandez 2
It's really great to see the NHL taking the lead on this. As a former hockey player myself, I think it reflects wonderfully on the sport and those who play it.

For so long, prejudice in the sports community against LGBT individuals was just taken as a given. Even when I was playing, homophobia was pretty prevalent and f****t was a common insult. I'm so happy to see that changing. Homophobia and related bigotry does not have to be a part of sports.
Posted by Hernandez on January 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM · Report this
That's a great story, beautifully told without a hint of mawkishness.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 4
Posted by ArtBasketSara on January 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Ha. If you think the story is something, and the Canucks are something, you should read the comments on that site! Canucks fans are awesome. I've never seen so many positive and supportive comments on a story like this.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM · Report this
Wandergeist 6
Well, we're coming up on the 10th anniversary of gay marriage in BC this summer, and everybody there can relate to having a hockey idol, or having a son or daughter who has a hockey idol.

I'm just amused by the appearance of "gitch" at The Stranger (though when I was a kid we used "ginch").
Posted by Wandergeist on January 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM · Report this
biffp 7
@1, Canucks could use a win after blowing that lead against the Kings on Monday night.
Posted by biffp on January 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM · Report this
Apparently hockey players have more class than football (the US kind) players.

San Francisco Forty Niner cornerback Chris Culliver: "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah...can't the locker room man. Nah."…
Posted by PaulBarwick on January 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 9
@ 8, familiarize yourself with Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Or, just to give the Super Bowl a good vs evil spin (because the guy you quoted is playing for SF), Baltimore's Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM · Report this

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