NHL sends shockwaves through Twitter over TRANSGENDER and NON-BINARY comments

NHL favoritism takes an ugly turn after fans blast the league over comments on transgender and nonbinary athletes.

NHL in trouble after comments on trans and nonbinary athletes
NHL in trouble after comments on trans and nonbinary athletes

Twitter went into a frenzy mood after NHL noted, ‘Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real’. Both supporters of the idea and their foes clashed against each other in a battle of words. The whole situation flared up after the league tweeted on Tuesday morning, showcasing their support for Team Trans Draft Tournament in Middleton, Wisconsin.

The tournament took place over the weekend when the league posted images of it on social media supporting the game. Their support gained positive affection from hockey fans, while also getting severe backlash for it. It is the first tournament that consisted of transgender and nonbinary people only. 

As per the National Hocket League, the tournament took off with 80 people from trans and nonbinary communities. To further solidify its standpoint, the Hockey League used hashtags #HockeyIsForEveryone and #NHLPride. Despite detailing the match and player details, a user tweeted, “So, men playing on womans team?” 

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NHL comment attracts both positive and negative backlash

NHL in trouble after comments on trans and nonbinary athletes
NHL in trouble after comments on trans and nonbinary athletes

While NHL defended itself, their comment further agitated the fans both for and against the idea. American radio and TV host Dana Loesch commented, “Stop erasing women”, whereas, conservative podcaster Ben Shapiro stated, “If this is true, why aren’t there any trans men in the NHL? They’re real men, after all. Must be terrible and vicious discrimination”. 

As the clash fired up, NHL limited its twitter comments section. Only those that the league follows were allowed to comment or for people mentioned in their original tweet. The League stated, “We support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink”. 

“We believe all hockey programs – from professionals to youth organizations – should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.”

The National Hockey League added members of the LGBTQ+ community. They included Black, Asian, Latin, and Indigenous people to the “Hockey is for Everyone” program. The ‘said’ tournament took place on the weekend – Saturday and Sunday, including 80 people from the trans and nonbinary communities. The game was hosted by Team Trans Hockey.

The Federalist senior editor, David Harsanyi stated, “If that’s so, why aren’t there any trans men playing in the NHL — or AHL or OHL or WHL or ECHL?” While some defended the league commenting, “Anyone being transphobic in the comments deserves NOTHING but the worst. Y’all are truly such sad people”.

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Kaushani Chatterjee is an NHL writer at FirstSportz. She started her writing journey with the publication of her first book in 2019. She is a travel freak and a photographer. Currently, she is enjoying her career as an NHL writer, and as an author.