NFL encourages players to come out in new PSA for National Coming Out Day

The football league is commemorating National Coming Out Day with a video including freely gay and bisexual previous players such as Ryan O’Callaghan, Jeff Rohrer, R.K. Russell and Wade Davis, motivating present LGBTQ players to come out.

The NFL launched the 30-second long “National Coming Out Day PSA” on YouTubeSaturday It’s arranged to air throughout early-game Fox broadcasts Sunday, which is National Coming Out Day, according to

As of Saturday afternoon, the video has approximately 13,500 views.

The PSA starts with O’Callaghan, Rohrer, Russell and Davis jointly stating: “To all current players who are thinking of coming out, when you are ready, so are we.”

Then present NFL players, consisting of Rob Gronkowski, DeAndre Hopkins, and Calais Campbell, reveal their assistance, stating, “It takes all of us, and you deserve to be all you.”

Fourteen previous NFL players have actually stated they are gay or bisexual, accordingto
NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent wrote an op-ed on the league’s site as part of its “It Takes All of Us” project, revealing his assistance for LGBTQ players thinking about comingout

“There has never been a single active player that has come out,” Vincent composes, assessing his own experience as an NFL gamer. “While I’m sure I’ve played with LGBTQ+ players — highly skilled, athletic and effective at their jobs — they did not come out. But they were my teammates and part of the larger NFL family.”

Vincent likewise points out studies from GLAAD and the Trevor Project, stating up to 12 percent of participants determined as LGBTQ+. He points out that there are 1,696 present players in theNFL

“Anyone in the player community who may be considering coming out, know this,” Vincent composes. “Just as I have done with family members and close friends, I am committed to serving as a conduit to help you through that journey — either myself, in collaboration with my teammates at the league office, or through the many organizations with whom we partner on LGBTQ+ issues.”

The NFL introduced a website including extra jobs with GLAAD, the Trevor Project and other LGBTQ+ material arranged for the rest of October, which is likewise LGBTQ+History Month
The league likewise prepares to have NFL Network skill wear purple for Spirit Day, October 15.

“We have no way of knowing if an active NFL player would choose to come out, or what they might experience,” Vincent composes at the end of his op-ed. “What I do know is that I am committed to celebrate, support, and welcome them.”

Story First Appeared on CNN .