By Suzanne Bowdey
The Washington Stand
While the NHL seems to have embraced some sanity on LGBT extremism, Hockey Canada’s goal seems to be making the sport so radical that it’s uncomfortable for kids to even play. Under a new rule that went into effect this season, all under-18 players — girls and boys — have been ordered to stay clothed in their locker rooms for the purposes of trans “inclusion.”
According to the group’s spokesperson, Esther Madziya, “All participants have the right to utilize the dressing room or appropriate and equivalent dressing environment based on their gender identity, religious beliefs, body image concerns, and/or other reasons related to their individual needs.” What she doesn’t say is that those “rights” end when players want to use the dressing room for its intended purpose: freely changing in and out of cumbersome gear and washing up afterward. Instead, they’ll now be required to wear a “base layer” to ensure that no one’s privacy or identity is violated.
This lunacy is being embraced by people like Craig Robinson, president of Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey, who argued, “It really doesn’t take very long to jump into a washroom stall and do a quick change …” he said. Besides, “Coaches can’t always visually identify and automatically know what gender someone identifies with, so this just allows everybody to fit into that dressing room.” He paused and added, “This isn’t just about gender, it’s about everyone being comfortable.”
As a part of the hockey world, surely Robinson understands how ridiculous that statement is. No player — from peewee to pro — would be “comfortable” changing in a tiny three-by-three stall when you’re wearing, arguably, some of the most complicated equipment in modern sports. This isn’t like taking off a bathing suit. It’s a labor-intensive process of taping and untapping, maneuvering in and out of socks, pants, pads, skates, chest plates, and more. I’ve never suited up for a game in my life, but even I understand the absurdity of this from a practical standpoint.