The NFL on Monday released a new Pride Month ad saying “Football is gay” in support of the LGBTQ community.
The ad comes exactly a week after Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
"Football is lesbian. Football is beautiful. Football is queer. Football is life. Football is exciting. Football is culture. Football is transgender," the ad says, listing several other things before landing on "Football is for everyone."
If you love this game, you are welcome here. Football is for all. Football is for everyone.— NFL (@NFL) June 28, 2021
The NFL stands by the LGBTQ+ community today and every day.
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The league also said that it proudly supports the anti-suicide LGBTQ organization The Trevor Project, asking fans to donate as well.
“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,” the NFL said in a post.
Several former NFL players, including Dave Kopay, Ryan O'Callaghan, Wade Davis and Ryan Russell, came out after they retired.
Online retailer Fanatics confirmed last Wednesday that Nassib’s No. 94 jersey was the top-selling NFL product for two days.
The league also matched Nassib’s own $100,000 donation to The Trevor Project.