New York University Athletics Department has released a poignant It Gets Better video to support the work of the Trevor Project.

The film was made with the blessing of the university and was directed by Jay Hayes, the captain of the men’s volleyball team.

In the video, Hayes says: “I know I can achieve anything I can set my mind on doing, and I can do that while being out, and being proud of who I am.”

He later told NYU Local: “Athletics is the next frontier for gay rights. When you look at the civil rights movement, it wouldn’t have been as successful if a person like Jackie Robinson hadn’t been there. I really hope that a gay athlete comes out soon. I think that professional sports these days are just a business and these players know that it could hurt the brand and the bottom line if they came out.”

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