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Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

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‘I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest’: Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay and says he hopes his announcement will boost ‘visibility’ of LGBT people in sport

  • Nassib, 28, made the announcement on Instagram on Monday
  • The defensive end becomes the first openly gay NFL star in the sport’s history 

NFL star Carl Nassib has become the first professional player to come out as gay.

Nassib, a defensive end with the Las Vegas Raiders, made the announcement on Instagram on Monday.

‘What’s up people, I’m Carl Nassib, and I’m at my house here in Westchester, Pennsylvania,’ he said.

‘I just want to take a quick moment to say I’m gay.

‘I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. 

Carl Nassib made the announcement on Instagram on Monday

He said he felt he had ‘the best family, friends, and job a guy could ask for’.

He said he was a private person, who was not doing it for attention or publicity. 

‘I just think that representation and visibility are so important. 

‘I actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary,’ he said.

‘Until then, I am going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that is accepting and compassionate.’ 

He said he was donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, to help LGBTQ youth in America. 

He said they were ‘an incredible organization’ and the number one group for suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth. 

‘I’m very excited to be a part of it in any way I can. 

‘I’m really pumped to see what the future holds,’ he concluded. 

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