The National Football League took a stand against anti-LGBTQ bullying Thursday in support of Spirit Day 2022. The league continues its commitment to LGBTQ equality following last season’s inaugural Superbowl event, A Night of Pride. , and now he’s stepping up his support once again. Players, cheerleaders, and coaches went out of their way to support LGBTQ youth.
This year, NFL Media produced a public service announcement in partnership with GLAAD, emphasizing the importance of taking a stand against harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ youth. The video features Forbes 30 Under 30 NFL Network talent Kimmi Chex, Emmy Award-winner James Palmer and Emmy Award-winning sportscaster MJ Acosta Ruiz, as well as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Carl Nassib , who was the first active NFL player to come. publicly and Arizona Cardinals tight end Trey McBride, who is the first NFL player with lesbian parents.
Wear purple, get engaged, download resources and spread the word. @GLAAD #SpiritDay pic.twitter.com/JHcCC9wVyB
The PSA also features members of the Carolina Panthers’ Top Cats cheerleaders, Javontre Booker, Ebonee Bryant-Smith, Chris Crawford and Justine Lindsay, who became the NFL’s first openly transgender cheerleader this year. All participants featured in the public service announcement echo the importance of being allies, standing up for LGBTQ youth across the country, and wearing purple as part of their Spirit Day pledge.
“The NFL is proud to continue our support of GLAAD’s Spirit Day initiative, which encourages LGBTQ youth to be themselves and others to stand with them and end bullying,” said Jonathan Beane, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President NFL senior. “This year, we produced a PSA featuring some of the most powerful members of the NFL’s LGBTQ community along with allies to emphasize how important it is to support LGBTQ youth not just wearing purple today, but all year long. ”.
The NFL works with GLAAD as a partner throughout the year as part of the League’s commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive NFL.
The public service announcement also hit the NFL’s Instagram in a collaborative post with GLAAD. Check it out here or on LinkedIn. Even Amazon Prime Video, which captured the viewership of millions, featured the NFL Spirit Day PSA. The support shows that all LGBTQ youth deserve to appear anywhere in the world. The public service announcement aired on the NFL Network, including twice in last night’s game, on NFL Now and Fantasy Live.
Support for LGBTQ youth was also expressed on Good Morning Football, where the public service announcement was shown two other times. GLAAD Vice President of Talent and Communications Anthony Allen Ramos met with GMFB host Kay Adams about Spirit Day and her support for our athletic LGBTQ youth.
“Spirit Day is the most visible day of the year when the world comes together to take a stand against LGBTQ youth bullying. And wearing purple is really the color of spirit, it’s a color that our community really connects with,” she said. Bouquets. in the interview “This day started in 2010 and since then it has become the most important day for parents [and] for children. There are many things happening in schools: cyberbullying and more. This day is a way very easy to get involved and say, ‘You know what, bullying is not okay for me. Check out the GMFB clip below and the full interview here.
MJ Acosta-Ruiz not only made her support known at the PSA, but also on her Twitter with a video reminding allies that their LGBTQ alliance can save lives.
Take a stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth for #SpiritDay. You can commit here: https://t.co/0unZnIWcgs pic.twitter.com/ovhg6wQ1eI
NFL fantasy football analyst Michael F. Florio also expressed his support by sporting his purple sneakers for his Twitter feed. We see you Mike!
#SpiritDay kicks pic.twitter.com/cFMsYi34dC
America is wearing purple for GLAAD Spirit Day in support of LGBTQ youth and taking a stand against bullying. GLAAD organizes hundreds of celebrities, media outlets, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, tech leaders, influencers, religious groups, school districts, organizations, colleges and universities in what has become the anti-bullying campaign. Most visible LGBTQ in the world. Purple symbolizes the spirit in the rainbow flag.
The annual tradition was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan, in memory of LGBTQ youth who lost their lives by suicide. McMillian encouraged her friends to wear purple on one day in October, a day that became known as Spirit Day.
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Today, LGBTQ youth, and especially our trans and non-binary youth, are experiencing a level of scrutiny in schools that we have never seen before, leading to an environment fraught with stressors beyond the peer bullying of the past. . From book bans, to sports team bans, to bathroom restrictions, to banning teachers from using preferred pronouns, the means by which a student can express themselves and see others as themselves are increasingly being challenged.
Cyberbullying is also at an all time high.
GLAAD’s 2022 Social Media Safety Index found severe harassment for LGBTQ users compared to 2021. This anti-LGBTQ rhetoric then translates to real-life harm and has been cited as driving many of the nearly 250 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in states around the world. country this year alone, many of which are geared toward our LGBTQ youth.
This year, Spirit Day is October 20, 2022, offering LGBTQ youth and their families a means of representation and existence that is only possible by providing life-saving visibility to those who need it more than ever. Pledge to Spirit Day to show LGBTQ youth you stand behind them at glaad.org/spiritday. Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to stay up to date on #SpiritDay news.