Love, love, love. Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried has become the first NBA player to join Athlete Ally, reports the Huffington Post. That organization fights homophobia in sports and raises awareness around LGBT issues.
Faried was raised by two mothers. In late January, the basketballer and his moms appeared in a video for One Colorado, urging lawmakers to pass a civil union bill there. The bill passed the Senate by a 21-14 vote on Monday and heads to Democratic-dominated House. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign the bill into law.
"Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country," said Faried in a statement to The Huffington Post, referring to the non-profit group that advocates for gay rights in sports. "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."
As a member of Athlete Ally, Faried joins Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings, Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns, Connor Barwin of the Houston Texans, as well as professional international sports stars and college players.
"In the last month, we have seen seven professional athletes around the world align with Athlete Ally," adds Hudson Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally and a wrestling coach at Columbia University. "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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