Between Pride 2013 and Pride 2014 there have been some amazing changes. Who would have suspected last year at this time we would have seen 44% of the American population now live in a state that allows Marriage Equality. Who could have guessed the number of LGBT athletes (on all levels) who have Come Out? To celebrate, Google and its “child,” Youtube, have featured #ProudToPlay (which already has millions of hits):
From the Sochi Olympics to the recent NFL draft, this year has seen a growing, global conversation about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the world of sports. Many LGBT athletes are sharing their stories on YouTube, and the support they’re getting from teammates and fans has helped others find the courage to do the same.
Sports bring together people from all backgrounds and experiences through a shared passion, and YouTube shares that spirit of connecting diverse communities to make a difference. In celebration of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, we’re honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, as well as the YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere—all of whom help create an equal and inclusive playing field for everyone. Inspired by#ProudToLove last year, we’re calling this effort #ProudToPlay.