It's been a great couple of days for the LGBT community in sports. First, we hear that the NHL has joined an anti-homophobia movement — which makes it the first major league to ever do so!
Now, we're hearing the badass NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth is taking a stand against homophobia too!! He joined Athlete Ally, a group dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.
He's always been for gay rights, but it took a near-death experience (hot air balloon crash, not joking!) for him to want to go out of his way to support and make a change for the LGBT community! Here's what he said:
"That made me more willing to [get involved] now as opposed to sticking my toe in and seeing what happens. After that situation where I literally almost lost my life, I came to the understanding and the realization that life is really short, and while you're here, you need to love and respect the people who love and respect you.
I think it's important for us as professional athletes not only to set the tone in our own respective fields, but also for the kids who are watching our programs or our sports. If you isolate a child and teach them hate, hate, hate, that's the way they're going to grow up. … And unfortunately, that's the environment that I grew up in. There was a lot of disrespect for gays. I unfortunately was a part of that. But as I got older, I became more ashamed of that and more open to rights for all."
This makes us UNBELIEVABLY happy to hear!!
We can't wait until the NFL and ALL major sports leagues are safe and non-homphobic! It's going to happen — tolerance and understanding gain traction every day… in the name of friendship and love!!
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