Faried said, “I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way.”
Athlete Ally, an organization dedicated to ending homophobia in sports, has gained their first NBA player. Denver Nuggets starting power forward Kenneth Faried has said that he hopes his involvement with the organization will serve to “raise awareness of gay rights in professional basketball.” Faried joins other athletes such as, Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings, Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns, and Connor Barwin of the Houston Texans in working toward tolerance and genuine change for LGBT athletes in professional sports. According to the Huffington Post, “Not a single man has ever come out as gay while playing for a major U.S. professional sports team.” But hopefully, with the support of sports superstars such as Faried that will change.
Equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community is close to the heart of Faried, nicknamed the “Manimal” for his fierceness on the court. The 23-year-old forward was raised in New Jersey by two mothers, who married in 2007. Faried recently appeared with his mothers in a video for the advocacy group OneColorado, to encourage Colorado to legalize civil unions.
“Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country. I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the LGBT community — whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans — to feel welcome in the NBA and in all of our communities.”
The executive director of Athlete Ally, Hudson Taylor said, “In the last month, we have seen seven professional athletes around the world align with Athlete Ally. Kenneth is standing out not only as an incredible talent, but as an incredible ally. We are thrilled to have him on board and grateful to the NBA for its continued leadership.”
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