One would think that endorsing Black Lives Matter was enough of a venture into politics for the National Football League (NFL) for one year. But, if you thought this, you would be wrong.
Breitbart reports that the NFL is planning on making a statement on Sunday in support of the LGBTQ community.
“National coming out day”
Today, Sunday, October 11th, happens to be “National Coming Out Day.” Those who celebrate this day do so by promoting the coming out of gays, lesbians, and other members of the LGBTQ community.
The NFL will be participating in the celebration this year. It will do so in a 30-second video that is expected to be broadcasted during Sunday Night Football.
The video features NFL players, including, Ryan O’Callaghan, Jeff Rohrer, R.K. Russell, and Wade Davis. In the ad, they say, “To all current players who are thinking of coming out, when you are ready, so are we.”
Then, other players, including Rob Gronkowski, DeAndre Hopkins, and Calais Campbell, say, “It takes all of us, and you deserve to be all you.”
The ad is part of a campaign that the NFL is calling the “It Takes All of Us” campaign. The campaign will continue for the rest of the NFL season.
Troy Vincent, the NFL’s Executive Vice President, put out a statement on the matter saying that the league’s goal is to support every single one of its players.
“Anyone in the player community who may be considering coming out, know this — I am committed to serving as a conduit to help you through that journey — either myself, in collaboration with my teammates at the league office, or through the many organizations with whom we partner on LGBTQ+ issues,” he said. “We have no way of knowing if an active NFL player would choose to come out or what they might experience. What I do know is that I am committed to celebrate, support, and welcome them.”
Also celebrating . . .
. . . “National Coming Out Day” is the Democratic presidential ticket – Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Both have released statements on twitter.
“I want every member of the LGBTQ+ community to know you are loved and accepted just as you are — whether you’ve come out or not,” Biden tweeted. “I’ll fight every day in the White House to create a country where you can live open, proud, and free — without fear.”