By Jared Garduno
As we get ready for Super Bowl Sunday Compete looks back to October 2020.
From Compete Sports Diversity:
Today is National Coming Out Day and Compete is excited to see our friends at the NFL supporting LGTBQ+ History Month.  Compete has a long history with the NFL, including awarding the NFL Professional Sports Organization of the Year Award in 2018 at our annual Compete Sports Diversity Awards.
The NFL has been making strides in diversity by working with the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL) and the Compete Sports Diversity Council.  Last June they added rainbow colors to their logo to celebrate Pride Month.  We are also proud to report that the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are members of the Compete Sports Diversity Council (CSDC) and that Keli Imus from the Seahawks and former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan are part of this year’s years Compete Mark Bingham Athlete of the  Year Selection Committee.  Both the Cardinals and Seahawks are committed to diversity and the Seahawks recently renewed their membership with the CSDC.  The CSDC is looking forward to working directly with more NFL teams.
This year the NFL is launching a series of new initiatives designed to engage the LGBTQ+ community.
Directly from the NFL:

Included are a dedicated website (; a PSA celebrating out NFL Legends and voicing support and allyship; expanded partnerships with GLAAD and The Trevor Project; a PRIDE-themed NFL shield; and an assortment of LGBTQ+ content airing on NFL Network throughout October. Additionally, NFL Executive Vice President, Football Operations, TROY VINCENT penned an op-ed on

“The LGBTQ+ community is an important audience for our sport and a critical part of the NFL family,” said JONATHAN BEANE, NFL Chief Diversity Officer. “We continually strive to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.”

National Coming Out Day

On Sunday, the NFL will debut a powerful new Public Service Announcement with support from The Trevor Project. According to Trevor’s research, LGBTQ+ youth who report having at least one accepting adult were 40 percent less likely to report a suicide attempt in the past year. The PSA will feature NFL Legends WADE DAVIS, RYAN O’CALLAGHAN, RYAN RUSSELL, and JEFF ROHRER, alongside current NFL players ANTHONY BARRCALAIS CAMPBELLROB GRONKOWSKIANTHONY HARRIS, MARLON HUMPHREY, DEANDRE HOPKINSJARVIS LANDRY, and DALTON RISNER sharing their support and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.

In an op-ed, Vincent discusses his commitment to foster a welcoming and safe environment to active NFL players who are contemplating coming out.

Spirit Day

On Thursday, the NFL will join the pledge to “go purple” to support LGBTQ+ youth in a united stand against bullying. In partnership with GLAAD, NFL Network talent will wear and feature the color purple on set to show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ+ anti-bullying campaign in the world. To learn more about Spirit Day:

LGBTQ+ History Month

Throughout the month, NFL Network will also re-air LGBTQ+ themed programming including, Jeff Rohrer: TrailblazerEsera Tuaolo: Life After Football, and Vince Lombardi: Ally.

To keep fans engaged with PRIDE year-around, the League launched The website will serve as a dedicated repository for PRIDE-related content, as well as provide links to additional LGBTQ+ resources.

GLAAD & The Trevor Project

In a continued effort to promote inclusion and diversity, the NFL has expanded its partnerships with both The Trevor Project and GLAAD, to bring their industry-leading expertise in the LGBTQ+ space to the League and all 32 clubs.


NFL PRIDE is an employee resource group that aims to heighten the visibility and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community across NFL offices and teams so that employees of all gender identities and sexual orientations can feel comfortable being themselves in the workplace. Through networking events, guest speakers, community outreach and employee education, NFL PRIDE will serve LGBTQ+ employees and their “allies” in supporting a culture of inclusion. NFL PRIDE also helps provide perspective and advise on League initiatives relating to the LGBTQ+ community and helps administer an Advisory Working Group consisting of players, staff and advocacy partners.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, and offers free, 24/7 crisis counseling to LGBTQ+ youth via phone, text, and chat. To learn more about how to support LGBTQ youth, visit


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ+ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.