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Steve Gleason, Terrell Suggs put their names on LGBT Pride shirts

Steve Gleason. Drew Brees, Will Smith AP

Several NFL players have put their names on a new line of apparel sold by the NFL Players Association in recognition of LGBT Pride Month.

Some of the players, including Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo, have long voiced their support for gay rights. Others, including Steve Gleason and Terrell Suggs, are well known to football fans but hadn’t previously been vocal in their support of LGBT issues.

Gleason, the former Saints special teams standout who has made his struggle with ALS public, said in a statement released by the NFLPA that he also wants to speak out for equality.

“It’s pretty simple for me, I believe all people are created equal, regardless of their sexuality. To promote respect and acceptance is an important role for NFL players and the NFLPA,” Gleason said.

Other players who have lent their names and numbers to LGBT Pride shirts include Connor Barwin, Domonique Foxworth, Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong, Donté Stallworth and Eric Winston.

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24 Responses to “Steve Gleason, Terrell Suggs put their names on LGBT Pride shirts”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    Good for them

  2. germanstingray says: Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    I don’t know why the LGBTQ community claims that they don’t have equal rights and protection under the law. They do. We all do.

    No matter what, there will always be someone who does not agree with one’s opinions, lifestyle or behavior. However, the LGBTQ community should not be surprised if there is a backlash if or when a quest for acceptance is perceived to be more of a campaign for special treatment or acknowledgement.

    Acceptance and approval are not the same, just like tolerance and respect are not the same.

  3. ravensterps says: Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    Quite a few Ravens on that list. Proud to be from Maryland.

  4. deliveredbysherpa says: Jun 12, 2013 12:56 PM

    Rock on! I don’t always agree with what Terrell Suggs says, but in this case… 100% with you and ALL people.

  5. randomcommenter says: Jun 12, 2013 1:17 PM

    Why are Kluwe and others praised for speaking out on this issue but Tebow is told to shut his mouth about religion? Double standard.

  6. moss49thteam says: Jun 12, 2013 1:24 PM

    So what is LGBT and what does it stand for?
    How come they do not believe that they have equal right?

    What did they do to deserve a pride month anyway?

  7. onestowewonder says: Jun 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    I don’t care who you support or what you believe in, just leave your personal opinions behind closed doors, whether you’re an athlete or a celebrity, i want to see more on football. every other day they throw in these topics, Pre-season can’t get here any sooner! #slownewsday#

  8. asimonetti88 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    germanstingray says:Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    I don’t know why the LGBTQ community claims that they don’t have equal rights and protection under the law. They do. We all do.
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    hmm… last time I checked, many states do not allow gay couples to marry. Many states also do not protect gays from employment discrimination. Those are two glaring examples where I have to disagree with you that they are afforded equal rights and protections.

  9. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:39 PM

    germanstingray says: Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    I don’t know why the LGBTQ community claims that they don’t have equal rights and protection under the law. They do. We all do.

    __________________

    False. We all don’t. If a LGBT person is in critical condition after a car accident, his/her partner cannot be by their bedside because they aren’t legally “family.”

    If I died right now, my wife would get all of my possessions/money. If two gay folks have been together for 35 years and one of them dies without a will, legally, their partner has NO claim to any of their possessions. These are just a couple of examples of many inequalities.

    So let’s not pretend that we all have equal protection when clearly we do not. If two people want to get married, our government shouldn’t tell them that they cannot.

  10. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jun 12, 2013 1:42 PM

    “I don’t know why the LGBTQ community claims that they don’t have equal rights and protection under the law. They do. We all do.”

    This is a factually and demonstratively incorrect statement.

  11. Stiller43 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:45 PM

    Randomcommenter,

    Sorry, equal rights (something they dont have), isnt the same as shoving god down everyones throat.

  12. thingamajig says: Jun 12, 2013 1:49 PM

    Considering how many players are in the NFL 10 names doesn’t sound like a lot .

  13. joanhou says: Jun 12, 2013 1:54 PM

    germanstingray says:
    Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM
    I don’t know why the LGBTQ community claims that they don’t have equal rights and protection under the law. They do. We all do.

    No they don’t. This is exactly why repeal of DOMA and the challenge to PROP 8 in CA are currently before the Supreme Court as well as others have cited regarding job discrimination and family rights.

  14. mrplow3 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:54 PM

    -sigh-

    This is the reason 80’s and 90’s NFL was superior. Players were players. And they allowed us to escape the political CRAP of our every day life.

    Those days are over.

  15. ravensterps says: Jun 12, 2013 2:04 PM

    randomcommenter says: Jun 12, 2013 1:17 PM

    Why are Kluwe and others praised for speaking out on this issue but Tebow is told to shut his mouth about religion? Double standard.

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    Because religion is personal. Gay rights are a public policy issue.

  16. flyermb says: Jun 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    I’m very suprised Mike Wallace’s name isn’t listed.

  17. banjaxedbengal says: Jun 12, 2013 2:19 PM

    No one was yelling at Tebow personally.

    Everyone was yelling at ESPN for yelling Tebow and talking about his faith every 5 seconds.

  18. dalcow4 says: Jun 12, 2013 2:55 PM

    “hmm… last time I checked, many states do not allow gay couples to marry. Many states also do not protect gays from employment discrimination. Those are two glaring examples where I have to disagree with you that they are afforded equal rights and protections.”
    ———————————–

    FALSE.
    1-Any gay person can marry. What is NOT a right is to change the definition of marriage.
    2- Protection from employment discrimination is a federal law.

  19. dalcow4 says: Jun 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    “If a LGBT person is in critical condition after a car accident, his/her partner cannot be by their bedside because they aren’t legally “family.” ”
    ———————————————-
    FALSE. Hospitals simply DO NOT disallow persons other than family to be at a loved one’s bedside. Even if there are problems, a simply planned directive would solve that.
    ++++++++++++++++

    “If I died right now, my wife would get all of my possessions/money. If two gay folks have been together for 35 years and one of them dies without a will, legally, their partner has NO claim to any of their possessions.”
    ——————————————-
    So what? Very simple to have a will or POA.

    So let’s not pretend that we all have equal protection when clearly we do not. If two people want to get married, our government shouldn’t tell them that they cannot.

  20. dalcow4 says: Jun 12, 2013 3:07 PM

    “So let’s not pretend that we all have equal protection when clearly we do not. If two people want to get married, our government shouldn’t tell them that they cannot.”
    ————————————

    Any person can marry. What any person cannot do is change the definition of marriage.

  21. CKL says: Jun 12, 2013 3:14 PM

    Nothing against LGBT month or breast cancer month, etc but if the NFL is going to do all these months, I really really REALLY with they would have a mental health month instead of all that. Look at all the guys who struggle with these issues because they don’t want to ask for help. Brandon Marshall’s outspokenness has been great but he couldn’t even help Titus Young becaue Titus Young didn’t want to be helped. What about Junior Seau? And the list goes on.

    A lot of players wear the pink for breast cancer month because they have a family member who has suffered from it. Same goes for the LGBT thing and players having family members in those categories. Mental health issues affect a lot of families too, and there is still a huge stigma on them. Think of how far gay people have come as they don’t have to be ashamed or hide anymore. Let’s do the same for mental heath issues.

  22. revskip says: Jun 12, 2013 3:29 PM

    Seeing some of the very wrong headed comments on this page highlights exactly why a LGBT month is necessary.

  23. hatesycophants says: Jun 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    The NFL and days-gone-by some of you reminisce about never existed.

  24. asimonetti88 says: Jun 12, 2013 10:25 PM

    dalcow4 says:
    Jun 12, 2013 2:55 PM

    FALSE.
    1-Any gay person can marry. What is NOT a right is to change the definition of marriage.
    2- Protection from employment discrimination is a federal law.
    ———————————–
    1- I live in California, where we inexplicably passed a law saying exactly that- gay couples cannot marry in our state. I know this is true in many other states. The only states that I remember specifically as allowing it are Washington, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

    2- Ok? There is still no protections for gays in it.

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