It's been an amazeballz few days for the LGBT community in sports! We aren't quite where we need and deserve to be, but we sure are on our way!!
Not only did Jason Collins come out as a gay man actively in the NBA, but the NHL has partnered with pro-gay initiatives, and now we're hearing that Andy Roddick & Mardy Fish have joined Athlete Ally — which is taking a stand against homophobia!!
Here's what Andy said:
"Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collin's courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself. As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people - players and fans alike - are welcome and included in tennis."
And here's what Mardy said:
"Everybody deserves a shot at playing sports. It shouldn't matter in the least if that person is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Building community through healthy and inclusive activities should be one of the main focuses behind athletics, and that isn't possible if you exclude LGBT individuals, especially our youth."
Yesssss!! We are SO excited by all this love and compassion and acceptance! We DO feel a change on the horizon!
Andy and Mardy's enthusiasm is so inspiring! We're sure it's going to help encourage families, coaches, players, and officials to help make the LGBT players and staff feel WELCOME just like anybody else!
[Image via WENN.]
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