Carl Nassib came out on Monday as the first active gay NFL player. Since the announcement, he has received a flood of support from the public and the NFL just made a substantial move to show their support as well.
Carl Nassib Posts in Support of The Trevor Project
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib proudly shared his truth this week and as a result his jersey sales have shot up to the best-seller in the league. The public is heavily supporting Nassib as he came out and announced his $100,000 donation to The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is the number one organization in the nation for crisis and suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth. The all-around support for Nassib has been great and watching other celebrities, players, and fans react has been very positive.
NFL Matches Nassib's Donation
The NFL has sparked lots of controversy surrounding inclusion and equity in the past (Colin Kaepernick faced a ton of backlash in the league). The league matched Nassib's donation on Tuesday and the statement on "diversity, equity, and inclusion" was positive despite the league's troubled history with these topics.
NFL Players and Athletes React to Carl Nassib Coming Out
Awesome moment. Spreading the love to the @TrevorProject very classy move. ❤️ https://t.co/pOWGsvRMUW— Julian Edelman (@Julian Edelman) 1624316601.0
Much respect brudda ✊🏾 https://t.co/1G2ewVOWje— Saquon Barkley (@Saquon Barkley) 1624313797.0
The ability to live an authentic life is so important. Sending love and support to Carl Nassib of the @Raiders, w… https://t.co/Yd3QBRHii4— Billie Jean King (@Billie Jean King) 1624317091.0
Celebrities React to Carl Nassib Coming Out
It took me until I was in my late 60s to come out. Such is the power of the closet. And I know what it’s like to ha… https://t.co/TL3d55NUjR— George Takei (@George Takei) 1624324694.0
As long as they helped us win and were great teammates- their sexual preference was never a issue.. We live in a… https://t.co/oaKwnOTzfs— Warren Moon (@Warren Moon) 1624326213.0
major. no gay guide needed! thank you Carl Nassib for leading with courage & compassion, & for supporting the life-… https://t.co/eHQHCOO2Fa— tyler oakley (@tyler oakley) 1624322004.0
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Las Vegas Raiders Defensive Lineman Carl Nassib has come out as gay. Nassib took to Instagram yesterday to share with his fans and followers that he is gay and he is finally comfortable with his true self.
Nassib's Coming Out Post
In a video posted to his Instagram account, Nassib explains his reason for coming out.
"I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary. But until then, I'm going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that's accepting, that's compassionate, and I'm going to start by donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project," Nassib said in the video.
The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 that aims to prevent suicide in the LGBTQ community, a community at a higher risk for suicide. They do this through their suicide prevention hotline that is available 24/7 for anyone struggling.
In a written statement posted in conjunction with the video, Nassib thanks his family, friends, teammates, and the NFL for standing behind him.
He also underscores the importance of The Trevor Project and the prevalence of suicide in the LGBTQ community.
"Studies have shown all it takes is one accepting adult to decrease the risk of an LGBTQ kid attempting suicide by 40%. Whether you're a friend, a parent, a coach, or a teammate - you can be that person."
Since his post, Nassib has received an outpouring of support on social media. His team, the Las Vegas Raiders, even reposted his coming out message on their Instagram to show solidarity.
Celebrities have also lent their support to Nassib, with stars like former basketball player Dwayne Wade, comedian Billy Eichner, Queer Eye's Bobby Berk, and tennis legend Billie Jean King leaving words of encouragement on his post.
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Australian soccer player Josh Cavallo officially came out as gay through social media posts and videos on October 27th.
On October 27th, Australian football player Cavallo made an important announcement regarding his sexuality on social media. From a video captioned "my truth," he appeared incredibly emotional while saying that after a long journey, he's finally able to share he's gay:
"I'm a footballer and I'm gay. Growing up, I always felt the need to hide myself because I was ashamed. Ashamed I would never be able to do what I loved and be gay."
And Cavallo's request is simple: to continue to do what he loves most and be treated equally.
"All I want to do is to play football and be treated equally."
Josh Cavallo has had various successes playing for Adelaide United, who's currently in the top Australian soccer league, A-League Men. His coming out officially marks him as the only openly gay male top-level professional soccer player in the entire world.
We applaud the courage shown by @AndyBrennan36 and now @JoshuaCavallo. The football community supports you all the… https://t.co/aHVBCfsiIR— Football Australia (@Football Australia) 1635319811.0
But other male athletes have come out as well.
Most recently, Las Vegas Raiders' player Carl Nassib and Nashville Predators' player Luke Prokop also announced they're gay at the beginning of last Summer. Nassib and Prokop became respectively the first openly gay NFL player and the first openly gay NHL player.
Cavallo continued saying that his family and friends have been incredibly supportive... But they're not the only ones -- CEO of Football Australia applauded Cavallo in a tweet that reads:
"We applaud the courage shown by @AndyBrennan36 and now @JoshuaCavallo. The football community supports you all the way."
And now that huge weight has been lifted for Cavallo, the soccer player hopes that his coming out will inspire others to be themselves, especially in the sports' world.
"I hope that in sharing who I am, I can show others who identify as LGBTQ+ that they are welcome in the football community. As the game of football keeps expanding, I want to help evolve the game even further, and let other players in my situation feel that they're not alone."
The journey to love ourselves is extremely long, but if we fully embrace who we are, we might encourage others to do the same.
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