The National Football League has come out in strong support of LGBTQ+ rights a week after Las Vegas Raiders lineman Carl Nassib made sports history by becoming the first active player in the NFL to come out.
On the league’s official Twitter page, the NFL tweeted, “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.”
In the video, text appears reading “Football is gay,” “Football is lesbian, ” “Football is queer,” “Football is transgender,” and a host of other things that the league says football is, ending with “Football is for everyone.”
The final frame of the video cites research that LGBTQ+ youth with one accepting adult in their lives have a 40 percent lower risk of attempting to die by suicide.
The post also linked to the Trevor Project, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth in crisis. Nassib had pledged $100,000 in his coming-out Instagram post to the Trevor Project. The NFL followed suit and promised to match Nassib’s donation to the group.
"The NFL is committed to year-long efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion," the league said in a statement last week, announcing the match. "We proudly support the LGBQT+ community and will continue to work alongside the Trevor Project and our other community partners to further enhance our collective work and commitment to this space."
Nassib, 28, has played with the Raiders for two years and has been in the NFL for six years overall, including stints with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Outsports.
In a statement to the outlet after Nassib came out, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “Representation matters. We share [Nassib’s] hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.”