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New York Giants become first NFL team to back anti-homophobia campaign

Joseph McCormick October 28, 2015

With a brilliant video, the New York Giants at the weekend became the first NFL team to publicly endorse an anti-homophobia campaign.

The video was recorded by members of the NFL team for the You Can Play project.

The campaign reinforces the idea that players should be judged on their talents, not their sexual orientation, and aims to end homophobia in sport.

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As well as recording the video, the Giants have agreed to host a fundraiser tailgate, and has given a grant to You Can Play.

The video includes cornerback Prince Amakumara, kicker Josh Brown, wide receiver Victor Cruz defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, offensive lineman Weston Richburg and running back Shane Vereen.

Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson reportedly pushed forward the efforts, and also appears in the video.

The You Can Play project says: “The video showcases Carson and the current giants speaking about opportunity for all athletes to be ‘judged only by their talent, character and work ethic.’

“You Can Play is proud to receive the Giants’ tremendous show of support,” said Wade Davis, You Can Play’s executive director and a former NFL player.

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“The entire Giants organisation has committed to inclusion for all, including LGBT athletes and fans. The vocal support of alumni like Harry Carson, the Giants’ front office staff, and current players sends a giant message to all sports fans, especially young fans, everywhere. We are thrilled that the Giants are leading the charge in the NFL for LGBT inclusion.”

Some have pointed out that the video doesn’t include words like ‘gay’, ‘homophobia’ or ‘LGBT’, but the video is groundbreaking nonetheless.

Watch the video below:

More: new york giants, nfl, US

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