Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has become the first openly gay active NFL player, after coming out in an Instagram video posted on June 21.
“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib says in the video. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.”
He continues: “I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m really not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that like one day, videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary. But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project.”
The Trevor Project is a suicide-prevention and crisis-intervention project for young LGBT people. Credit: Carl Nassib via Storyful