Homophobia in sports is a long way from being completely wiped out, but it seems that, one player at a time, athletes are realizing there’s nothing wrong with having gay teammates.
The latest athlete to publicly come out in support of the LGBT community is Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, who has reportedly become the first NBA player to join a gay rights organization.
Faried has joined Athlete Ally, a group that fights to end homophobia in sports, according to the official Feb. 12 announcement on the organization’s website.
“Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country," Faried said in a statement.
“I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the LGBT community -- whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans -- to feel welcome in the NBA and in all of our communities.”
The 23-year-old player is no stranger to the trials of the gay community—he has two mothers. Faried’s parents were able to marry in 2007. The three recently appeared in a video for OneColorado, a gay rights organization, advocating for the legalization of civil unions in the state.
Faried now joins other gay-friendly U.S. athletes like Brendon Ayanbadejo, who recently won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, and NFL players Chris Kluwe, Scott Fujita, and Connor Barwin, another player who said he supports gay rights because he has a gay brother.
“Kenneth's advocacy for marriage equality was game changing and his work to transform the culture of sports as an Athlete Ally will also make a huge difference,” Brian Ellner, who serves on the Athlete Ally board of directors, said. “Today, Kenneth sends a loud message to young people around the world that you can be who you are and compete at any level.”
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