Allison M.

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#TBT follow-up: Pride Tape

I want to devote this post to something that completely escaped my attention last month, and it’s about that “intersection” of two things I’m so cool about: LGBT support and the sporting world.  Over a year ago, I wrote a post about this:

Hockey sticks.jpg

Image source: Edmonton Journal

Yes, that’s rainbow tape covering those stick blades.  Or as it’s officially called, Pride Tape.  It was launched in December 2015 by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (ISMSS) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Not long after it was first unveiled, the Edmonton Oilers became the first National Hockey League team to use Pride Tape (or at least a prototype) in an on-ice event.  Not too long after that, Pride Tape started being sold through an informational and transactional website (PrideTape.com), with portions of the proceeds going to support the ISMSS as well as You Can Play, an organization “dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.”

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Random stuff: Pride Tape

Time to highlight an intersection of two things I’m keen about, sports and LGBT support.  If you’ve ever seen a hockey game, you may notice that players apply a mostly cloth-based tape on their sticks, most noticeably at the top of the handle (the knob) and the blade.  There are three main reasons this is done:  To improve a player’s grip on the stick; to allow better control of the puck; and to reduce damage to the stick when an opposing player hacks at it.

Almost always, hockey tape is of one or two standard colors, namely this:

Ice hockey sticks

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Yeah, black or white tape.  Not a very inspiring variety, huh?  Luckily, however, there’s now more variety in color choice, and for a good cause.

Hockey sticks.jpg

Image source: Edmonton Journal

Yes, those are the pride rainbow colors on those sticks.  It’s the product of an initiative called, appropriately enough, Pride Tape.  It was launched in December 2015 by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (ISMSS) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The concept is for athletes to show their LGBT support in an individualized, iconic way.  And with hockey a national sport in Canada and stick tape a common product in that sport, what better way to show that support than through rainbow-colored tape?  It’s unobtrusive yet noticeable — or as the people behind Pride Tape call it on their Kickstarter page, a “badge of support from the hockey world” and a sign of inclusiveness to young LGBTQ hockey players that, yes, you can play the game. Continue reading