Florida Gators football players protest in support of pro-gay rights group
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Five Florida Gators players are participating in a protest Monday in support the National Football League’s efforts to ban players who participate in pro-LGBTQ activity, which includes wearing a gay pride uniform.
The players will join other Florida players in the Tampa Bay Times Square protest.
The protest was organized by the Florida Equality Campaign, a national group that has called for a national ban on “all forms of discrimination against the LGBT community.”
“We’re here today to support our teammates, friends, teammates and friends of all genders, orientations, sexual orientations and gender identities,” Florida Equality campaign manager Lauren Schumacher said in a statement.
“We are here to show the NFL that we are not going to stand by while the league continues to discriminate against our brothers and sisters, and that we will stand up for our brothers, sisters and loved ones.”
We will stand for what is right, and we will be here for our teammates and our loved ones.
“The NFL Players Association issued a statement in support, saying the players are “deeply disappointed” by the decision.”
The statement also stated that the players will work to “continue our work for an NFL that is inclusive, fair, and respectful of all people.””
As a union, we take this decision very seriously and we are working with the NFL to ensure that this decision does not impact our players, our union, our fans, or the players themselves.”
The statement also stated that the players will work to “continue our work for an NFL that is inclusive, fair, and respectful of all people.”
The Players Association and the NFL Players Coalition have been at odds over issues of homophobia in the NFL.
Last month, the union issued a report that accused the league of anti-LGBT bias, and the league later announced that it had launched an investigation into the report.
On Monday, the NFLPA also released a statement that included a list of players who were involved in a separate protest last week in Los Angeles, calling the protest “an opportunity to honor and stand for the LGBT athletes who have fought for equality.”
The players who will participate in Monday’s protest in Los, Los Angeles are defensive tackle Michael Sam, defensive end Jarrad Davis, defensive back Josh Norman, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, linebacker T.J. Watt, and running back Dalvin Cook.
Five Florida Gators players are participating in a protest Monday in support the National Football League’s efforts to ban players…