Dear NFL: If You Want to Be LGBTQ+ Allies, Hire Out Players — Out Magazine

Ahead of an appearance on NFL Total Access tonight at 7 p.m. EST, NFL free agent Ryan Russell writes about how the league has historically dealt with social issues, and why it gives him a hesitancy around renewed claims of LGBTQ+ inclusion.

In 1975, after he retired, David Kopay was the first NFL player to come out as gay (and only 13 former players have come out since then). This Sunday, the League celebrated National Coming Out Day with a public service announcement, saying that it was ready for its players to come out when they were comfortable. It included notable current NFL players such as Rob Gronkowski, DeAndre Hopkins, and Calais Campbell, all showing themselves as allies. It also included former out players like Wade Davis, Jeff Rohrer, and Ryan O’Callaghan.

I am an out bisexual NFL free agent, and I took part in the video as well as I desperately hope that we are finally ready for this change. But if I look at the history of our sport, I’m skeptical too.

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Via: Out Magazine