ReOrientation is a three-part feature on athletics and homosexuality that aired in January on SportsCentre.
With the Sochi Olympics on the horizon, Russia passed an article of anti-gay legislation that's sparked controversy around the globe. Gay athletes and other opponents of the law have used the Sochi Games as a platform to bring attention to the issue, highlighting the need for cultural change.
Having the athletic world push the acceptance of homosexuality is a powerful visual, for perhaps no other segment of society has been closed to gays more than the sporting area. And TSN's own Aaron Ward knows this fact well. Ward spent 17 years as a professional hockey player, including nearly 14 in the NHL, so he's not only seen the athletic culture up close and personal - he's lived it.
In this special TSN report, Ward talked to other athletes, both gay and straight, about that culture, the need for change and how to make it happen. Included is a close look at Canada's national sport and its apex - the National Hockey League - with intriguing comments from league commissioner Gary Bettman and players such as Dustin Brown, a tough-as-they-come Stanley Cup champion and team captain as well as former NFLer Esera Tuaolo.
And visit TSN.ca/reorientation to view the features, along with bonus material.
Part One: The Culture of Casual Homophobia
Part Two: The Transition Phase - Where are we going and how do we get there?
Part Three: The Players Speak