Sharks use Twitter account to share LGBTQIA+ info, including ‘gender diversity’

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The San Jose Sharks used their Twitter account to present data and info about LGBTQIA+ matters after goalie James Reimer declined to put on a Satisfaction jersey in warmups on Saturday.

The Sharks posted a message forward of their sport in opposition to the New York Islanders about how the group would use their social media account.

“Throughout tonight’s sport, in lieu of our regular sport content material, we can be utilizing this platform to supply data and info about LGBTQIA+ matters,” the assertion learn. “Our hope is that this content material will function a reminder that there are points extra vital than objectives, highlights and wins.


Goaltender James Reimer of the San Jose Sharks guards the web in the course of the Jets sport at Canada Life Centre on March 6, 2023, in Winnipeg, Canada. (Jonathan Kozub/NHLI through Getty Photographs)

“Hockey isn’t for everybody till everyone seems to be snug enjoying, working, or being a fan of this unbelievable sport.”

In its sequence of tweets, the Sharks talked a few “third gender” in “different cultures.”

“Worldwide, gender variety is seen far in another way than that within the Western World or as you could realize it,” the Sharks tweeted. “Most of us are aware of the male, feminine, and transgender labels. However in different cultures, the existence of ‘the third gender’ and even fourth and fifth genders is widespread:

“The muxe gender is a revered third gender in Zapotec cultures in Oaxaca, Mexico, that has existed for hundreds of years. Gunaa are those that have been born as males however who determine as girls & are drawn to males. The Nguii are those that have been born as males and are drawn to different males.

“The Ninauposkitzipxpe have been honored as a 3rd gender within the North Peigan tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy in northern Montana and Southern Alberta, Canada.”


The Sharks additionally tweeted statistics in regards to the violence in opposition to the LGBTQ neighborhood and stats about suicides or tried suicides within the LGBTQ youth neighborhood.

“Thanks all for an evening of celebration & reflection about our Satisfaction Group,” the group tweeted

“We all know that one group can’t make all of the adjustments we search to make hockey (and the world) extra welcoming to all, nevertheless it’s a begin.

James Reimer of the Sharks skates during warmups before the Nashville Predators game at SAP Center on Feb. 23, 2023, in San Jose, California.

James Reimer of the Sharks skates throughout warmups earlier than the Nashville Predators sport at SAP Middle on Feb. 23, 2023, in San Jose, California. (Kavin Mistry/NHLI through Getty Photographs)

“With all of you, we are able to make an impression.”

Reimer created a stir when he refused to put on the Satisfaction jersey, saying it ran counter to his non secular beliefs. He stated he made the choice based mostly on his Christian beliefs, including that he “at all times strived to deal with everybody with respect” and that members of the LGBTQ neighborhood must be welcome in hockey.

“On this particular occasion, I’m selecting to not endorse one thing that’s counter to my private convictions, that are based mostly on the Bible, the very best authority in life,” Reimer stated.

The You Can Play Venture, which works to advertise inclusiveness in sports activities, launched a press release on Reimer’s choice.

San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer reacts after giving up a goal against the Islanders, Oct. 18, 2022, in Elmont, New York.

San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer reacts after giving up a aim in opposition to the Islanders, Oct. 18, 2022, in Elmont, New York. (AP Photograph/Adam Starvation, File)


“Faith and respect aren’t in battle with one another, and we’re definitely disenchanted when faith is used as a cause to not help our neighborhood,” the group stated. “Sporting delight jerseys, like all celebration jersey worn, isn’t in regards to the private emotions of an athlete; reasonably the communication from the group {that a} neighborhood is welcome within the area and the game.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.