The You Can Play Project announces the addition of former NFL players Wade Davis, Esera Tuaolo, and ESPN.com writer and Baseball Prospectus Co-founder Christina Kahrl. The additions hope to serve the organizations goal of ending homophobia in sports by challenging the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing on an athlete's skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit.
As part of our ongoing effort to honor LGBT African-Americans making history, GLAAD sat down with Wade Davis, the former professional football player, to discusses what it was like to play professional football still in the closet. He also discusses what he is doing currently to help combat homophobia in sports and what he wishes his legacy will be as one of the first professional football players to have come out.
While some of the pre-Super Bowl comments made by a handful of players didn't do much to portray the NFL as welcoming of gay athletes, recent testimonials by current and former professional football players have proven that many people within the NFL are beginning to embrace the idea of an openly gay teammate in their locker room.
It doesn't matter that 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver tried to take back his antigay remarks. By saying on Artie Lange's national radio show during last week's Super Bowl media day that San Francisco "ain't got no gay people on the team.
In the wake of antigay remarks he made Tuesday, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will work with the Trevor Project to learn more about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, according to his publicist.