World Series Champion and openly gay
Poker pro Ryan Laplante says he had thanked more than 2,000 people for the flaming speech last year at the WSOP. One year ago, Laplante won his first WSOP bracelet, the same evening a horrible homosexual massacre took place at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The perpetrator was the Omar Mir Seddique Mateen from Afghanistan.
When Laplante received his bracelet the next day, he was on stage with his Chris Katona, and spoke in his thanksgiving about the shooting. Since then, the crowd of people who appeal to him has overwhelmed him. Thousands of people have thanked me for the speech and said how much it means to them, I even had an interview with CNN and was in my local newspaper. A few days ago a poker pro came out and almost screamed for joy, he is a friendly, open-minded gay player.
Laplante just missed the bracelet victory this year he finished second in a $ 1,500 event and collected over $ 165,000. Now he looks with sadness at the past year and reports that the bracelet was a life belt. The fact that it was then the same day as the massacres, which aimed specifically against homosexuals passed triggered in him contradictory feelings, but gave him the chance to voice his voice.
I am proud to be a World Series Champion and an openly gay man. He did not want to speak, he thought, the bracelet gain was enough and stood for himself. However, when he heard about the mass shooting, he decided to say something important. June is Gay Pride month in the US and last night nearly 50 people lost their lives at a mass shooting in a gay club in Orlando Laplante said at the time in his speech.
I am proud to be a World Series Champion and an openly gay man, and I encourage you to be proud of what you are and to be tolerant of those who do. Please treat your fellow human beings with love and respect there is so much hate and violence in the world. The audience was enthusiastically received and there were applause from hundreds of players in the hall.
Laplante said he was overwhelmed by his success at the same time completely shaken by the news from Orlando. Part of me howled since I just won a bracelet, I’ve been dreaming of it since I was 13 years old, one thing I’ve been working on for nine years. My other half was completely shocked, it was the biggest shooting in the history of the United States, and it was directed against homosexuals, I was happy and sad at the same time, even though I’m thinking about it, I’m still emotional heavy.
The way is still so far
Laplante is of the opinion that there is still much to be done in spite of the progress on the rights of homosexuals. In addition to the hate crimes like in Orlando, they are experiencing daily discrimination. Just call me an openly gay football or basketball player who is currently playing, with 60 percent of the unemployed teenagers being lesbian gay bisexual, or transgender, and you can still be fired in 34 states when you’re gay No handling.
The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that companies do not have to provide benefits for homosexual spouses. Donald Trump, President of the White House, is another reason for Laplante to promote the rights of gays and transgender.