Carl Nassib just made headlines when he posted an Instagram video in which he came out as the NFL’s first openly gay active player.
Nassib is a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, and he started in 14 games last year for them. For him, this moment is incredible and is surrounded by nothing but positivity. His video was heartwarming and detailed his story that led to this moment:
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In the video, Nassib talks about how he hopes that some day videos like his aren’t required at all, but in the current state of society, it’s videos like these that will inspire more and more people to be comfortable with who they are and who others are. The process of normalization is tough and long, but we can get there.
NFL Fans Show Support Towards Carl Nassib As He Comes Out As Gay On Instagram
Nassib’s video is an inspirational one. In the battle for LGBTQ+ rights, acceptance is the first stage to normalizing people’s sexualities and difference in beliefs.
Other players, not just in the NFL but the kids who watch him play and everyone in general, will feel more comfortable being who they are if they see role models like Nassib stepping up the way he did. As Nassib said, videos like these shouldn’t be necessary but for the moment they are nothing but inspirational.
Nassib also pledged $100,000 to The Trevor Project which does significant work in suicide prevention in the LGBTQ+ community. NFL fans were incredibly supportive over Nassib’s decision, showering him with love and affection for courageously coming out:
Happy Pride Month, and happy for Carl Nassib, living his truth. https://t.co/1dc7lBnYTC
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) June 21, 2021
Congrats to him for having the courage to announce that. Especially in the world that we are living in today. Great football player and person on and off the field. It’s sad that he’s getting hate, but I’m happy for him. You got my respect Nassib! 👏🏽
— EnriqueDT_510🇲🇽 (@EnriqueDelToro6) June 21, 2021
Congratulations 👍Shouldn’t be an issue in the 21st century.
— Jimbo (@StempJames) June 21, 2021