Xtra!, a Canadian newsprint that focuses on gay and lesbian issues, recently sat down with hockey legend, Angela James, just as her long-awaited biography, Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey, hit book shelves.
The meeting took place in Angela’s hometown of North York, just outside the rebranded Angela James Arena. She recounts details from her days as a young player. What comes across instantly is how true Angela has stayed to herself, never taking the stigmas of others as a personal affront.
“If you can’t be yourself, then you’re just living a lie.”
Angela also talks about the groundbreaking moment of her induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Not only historic because Angela was the first female inductee alongside teammate Cammi Granato, but also because Angela proudly acknowledged the significant role her partner, Ange, and their three children have played in her life.
“Until then, no openly gay athlete had ever been inducted into one of the major North American sports halls of fame. In fact, no current or former NHL player has ever come out.”
Angela is still a strong proponent for women’s hockey today, speaking at schools and coaching her son’s minor hockey league.
What’s Angela up to now? Torontonians and residents of the GTA can catch Angela take the stage as the keynote speaker for Scrum 2012, a conference for LGBT sport and recreation, now in it’s third year. Scrum is taking place Friday October 19th to Saturday October 20th at The University of Toronto & The 519. You can check out the schedule and register for a spot here!