It’s no secret that homophobia is alive and well in professional sports. In recent weeks, we’ve seen anti-gay slurs and incidents of harassment take place in professional baseball and football, and to this day there is still not one openly LGBT athlete in any major pro sport.
The basketball team the Phoenix Suns, however, have been leaders in professional sports when it comes to discussing LGBT issues. The team’s former President, Rick Welts, announced last year that he was gay, becoming one of the highest-profile sports executives to come out. And several players on the team, including Grant Hill and Steve Nash, have talked about the need to stop anti-gay bullying, and support the equal rights of LGBT Americans.
So far, no professional basketball team has decided to make an “It Gets Better” video. It’s time to change that. Let’s urge the Phoenix Suns to be that team, and set an example for the entire National Basketball Association (NBA) by being the team to create the first “It Gets Better” video in the league.