I am all for sports around the world to be accepting of others despite differences in their sexual preference. It doesn’t matter on the field and I think for the most part, it’s been a good step forward. I believe that we’ve gotten to the point where it’s not as taboo.
But with this pairing of merchandising from the NFLPA, with the proceeds going to Athlete Ally, it’s a tremendous step forward. However, there are still hurdles to get past in this business.
There will people who will object to this. People who wear these shirts will get ridiculed. It’s a part of the process when opening up publicly with things that aren’t fully normal yet.
In the end, I believe that the NFLPA has taken a big step forward and ultimately, this will lead to a stronger, accepting America. You may not agree with how a person lives and loves, but maybe this will help those understand that that isn’t the way to define a person.
Current and former players who’ve been advocates have their shirts available for sale.
We all know that the buzz about support among leagues, teams and players for the LGBT community grew when Jason Collins came out back in April. Since then, it’s been a pretty big deal and even in the places outside of the four major sports, there has been a support like none that we’ve seen before.
Athlete Ally tweeted this out yesterday, showing that the NFLPA is in support and actually will be designing shirts in that support. There’s a vote for which design should be chosen for mass production. I think B looks the best.
But the bigger thing here is that we are now seeing the evolution of how acceptance is starting to take over. It’s still a touchy subject but at least it’s not swept under the rug. This is a small step in the right direction, so it’s a good move. I’d like to see what else is in store for the future.