A clear message from the American football league NFL: Football is gay, football is lesbian, football is for everyone.
While the winds of support for LGBTQ+ rights were blowing in the sports world around the world, the American football league NFL, which is identified with the macho male culture in the USA, also unfurled the rainbow flag.
The American football team Las Vegas Raiders player Carl Nassib announced that he was gay and scored an NFL touchdown.
After Raiders defender Nassib became the first active NFL player to publicly share that she is an LGBTQ + member, a 30-second spot embracing the LGBTQ + community was broadcast on the league’s social media accounts, which painted its logo in rainbow colors:
“Football is gay. Football is lesbian. Football is beautiful. Football is queer. Football is life. Football is exciting. Football is culture. Football is transgender. Football is heart. Football is power. Football is tough. Football is bisexual. Football is strong. Football is freedom. Football is American. Football is acceptance. . Football is everything. Football is for everyone.”
If you love this game, you are welcome here. Football is for all. Football is for everyone.— NFL (@NFL) June 28, 2021
The NFL stands by the LGBTQ+ community today and every day.
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“If you like this game, welcome here… NFL stands by the LGBTQ+ community today and every day,” the message shared before the LGBTQ+ community’s Pride month said.
Referring to Nassib’s decision to donate $100,000 to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention service for LGBTQ+ youth in the US, the NLF called for a visit to http://thetrevorproject.org for information on helping the Trevor Project.
Carl Nassib came out as gay today, becoming the first active NFL player to do so.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 21, 2021
Nassib, a 28-year-old defensive lineman for the Las Vegas Raiders, said on Instagram that he recently found comfort "to say publicly and proudly that I'm gay."https://t.co/b0yOHsRz2d
NFL Director of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion Sam Rapoport told Outsports that he was pleased with their clear message to LGBTQ+ fans in the league. “The first sentence of the season has been swirling around in my head,” he said.
“You don’t have to fully understand the LGBTQ+ experience to be an ally,” Rapoport told USA TODAY Sports last week. You don’t need to be an expert in all terms. You just have to make an effort.