Chris Culliver meets with LGBTQ youth group

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After 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver generated a furor at the Super Bowl by saying that he wouldn’t accept a gay teammate, he apologized and said that he hoped to “learn and grow” from the experience.

Culliver took a step in that direction on Monday. He spent the day at the Los Angeles offices of the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youths. Culliver also met with the organization’s executive director on Sunday and paid to have the Trevor Project’s national education trainer fly in from New York for Monday’s session.

Culliver says he wants to become a volunteer for the organization and a spokeswoman for the Trevor Project said that he could work on programs designed to assist young people. She also said that the organization didn’t think that Culliver was insincere about his motivations for reaching out to the organization only after he created the firestorm in New Orleans.

“Chris is a young guy himself,” spokeswoman Laura McGinnis said, via the Sacramento Bee. “He reached out to the Trevor Project. And that’s a good thing.”

While Culliver wouldn’t be doing this if not for his comments at Media Day, an outcome that helps make life easier for struggling youths is a positive one no matter the genesis. Hopefully that’s what’s at the end of the road for Culliver’s association with the Trevor Project.

13 responses to “Chris Culliver meets with LGBTQ youth group

  1. The easy thing to do is to say he’s just trying to save his image, but really Culliver should be applauded for doing this and it shouldn’t be treated as “oh he’s simply trying to hide his ignorance and bigotry!”. There’s an entire culture going back to middle school locker rooms where gay athletes are shunned and it’s a culture that won’t change with a mindset of “once a bigot, always a bigot.” The more we, as a society, can openly discuss these sensitive issues, ask why people feel the way they do, and learn from each other the better off we all are.

  2. “After 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver generated a furor at the Super Bowl by saying that he wouldn’t accept a gay teammate”

    There was no “furor” a vast majority of athletes and people in this country certainly understand why he would reject a gay nan in the lockeroom. The fact that he is now masking his true feelings due to loud mouth media pressure left wing media drones is sad.

  3. it is not enough to obey your politically correct, new speak masters, mr culliver. you must truly love this new race of alphabet soup (qlgtb) people.

    now, make yourself worthy to serve the status quo.

  4. Poor guy is basically selling his soul to please the liberals. Hopefully he straightens out some of the questioning youth while he is there.

  5. While I do not support biggotted small minded attitudes and beliefs, I do support people’s rights to be biggoted and small minded.

    If Culliver “volunteered” to reach out to this LGBT organization, then great, good for him and I hope he learns and grows from the experience. But if he was required to by the NFL or the Niners (and I say this as a Niner’s fan) then I believe those organizations have no right to force any acceptance or beliefs on him.

    What they should do is force him to take professional work place tolerance course. So that if he or any other athlete are asked the same question about accepting a gay teammate, the response is that “the NFL and my team are equal rights and tolerant work place and as a professional I support all my teammates in our common goals to win on the field”. And if asked about their personal beliefs, simply say “I’m a professional and a teammate first”.

  6. I don’t think his reasons for contacting them are initially sincere, but I do hope he learns something from his experience. The type of statements he made could really push a youngster over the edge when they’re already confused and scared, maybe working with an organization that works with the repercussions of a transition to LGBTQ.

  7. @purplepunisher – The fact that you are a bigot is loud and clear. And you must be a clairvoyant as you seem to know what his true feelings are. There was certainly a furor over his comments and how do you know the vast majority of athletes would reject a gay man in the locker room? Oh yeah your a clairvoyant. Thankfully we as a nation are moving away from the intolerant attitudes of people like you and are becoming more tolerant of those who don’t “fit” what you think all people should be. This intolerance is ignorant and unnecessary.

  8. Mr. Culliver should not have to kneel to the thought police just because he made a statement that some may have claimed was insensitive.

  9. noticed there’s a “Q” at the end now. they are going to need an easier to say acronym at some point if they keep adding letters.

  10. Good for him. At least it seems like he is trying to become a better more tolerant person, something some of the posters on this site should learn from.

    Sometimes it takes making a mistake like he did to spark positive change. Hopefully this incident does exactly that. Bigotry in any form demeans all of us as humans and moving towards acceptance of what other people do in their private lives is certainly a move in that direction.

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