The National Football League declared, "Football is gay," in a recent video they shared to Twitter on Monday.
At the start of the video, the word "gay" is then replaced with the words; "lesbian," "beautiful," "queer," "transgender," "power" and "life."
The video ends with the quote: "Football is for everyone."
If you love this game, you are welcome here. Football is for all. Football is for everyone.
The NFL stands by the LGBTQ+ community today and every day.
For more information on how you can help the @TrevorProject, visit https://t.co/YtauzLAHIF pic.twitter.com/bkdWkAZ3vF
— NFL (@NFL) June 28, 2021
The NFL released the video in response to Carl Nassib coming out last week. The Las Vegas Raiders player shared his announcement on social media and the league spokesperson, Samantha Roth, told Outsports Nassib is the first-ever NFL player to come out as gay while still being signed to a club.
Nassib came out via Instagram on June 21st, saying he finally felt comfortable enough to get it "off [his] chest."
"I actually hope that one-day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary, but until then, I am going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that is accepting, that is compassionate," Nassib said, adding that he was going to donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention organization dedicated to LGBTQ youth suicide prevention.
Amazingly, the NFL later tweeted that they would also match his donation to The Trevor Project.
This comes as no surprise as they have previously supported The Trevor Project for their Pride campaign. A commitment they made to support LGBTQ+ employees, fans, and players. Their rainbow logo is even featured on the NFL website.
The video posted by the NFL on Monday included a statistic from The Trevor Project's research: "LGBTQ+ youth with at least one accepting adult has 40% lower risk of attempting suicide," the text reads.
Sam Rapoport, the NFL diversity director, told Outsports that they made the ad for both Nassib and thousands of other LGBTQ+ fans out there.
"I am proud of the clear message this spot sends to the NFL's LGBTQ+ fans: This game is unquestionably for you," Rapoport said, "I will be playing its first line over and over in my head all season."
Shortly after the video came out, Amit Paley, CEO of The Trevor Project, wrote a section for The New York Times calling for all members of professional sports associations to "break the silence and stigma around being L.G.B.T.Q. in sports, by fostering a safe, inclusive and affirming climate."
He wrote that LGBTQ+ youth "have reported avoiding sports out of fear, rather than lack of interest, citing experiences of locker room bullying and alienation from teammates."
He also shared the statistic that was featured in the NFL's video, adding, "For many young people, coaches, managers, and trainers can be that one adult."
The Trevor Project also re-tweeted the NFL post, writing atop the video: "Thank you for supporting LGBTQ youth."