NFLPA shop selling LGBT pride shirts

At the forefront of modern social issues today is gay rights, and that focus has spread to sports as well. It's a given, statistically speaking, that there are gay athletes playing in high exposure professional sports, but to date, only one athlete from a major American sports league has come out as being openly gay. That will be changing in the future.

Fortunately, the NFLPA is making that eventual transition just a little easier by selling LGBT pride shirts at their official online shop. The shirts sport the names and numbers of players that have been supportive of the gay community. Shirts are available featuring Brendon Ayanbadejo, Scott Fujita, Steve Gleason, Chris Gocong, Chris Kluwe, Terrell Suggs, and Donte Stallworth.

It's important to make the distinction that this is the players' union's official shop, not the NFL's official shop. At some point, the NFL may follow suit, but it's much less surprising seeing the players' union taking such a stand, and the move is one step closer to full acceptance of the gay community in professional sports.

[H/T Deadspin]

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