The Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo has been outspoken on the subject of LGBT equality since 2009. In fact, that’s one of the reasons he recently made Gay.net’s list of “Hot NFL Players Who Heart the Gays,” but this amazing ally hasn’t let a little thing like becoming a Super Bowl champion distract him from the cause.
Instead, he’s using his newly-elevated visibility to help spread his message even further and visited CNN, one day after his team won the Super Bowl, to speak with out anchorman Don Lemon about LGBT equality.
“I don’t consider it gay rights. I just call it rights. Everyone deserves to be treated equally,” Ayanbadejo told CNN. “Everyone’s been talking to gay people their whole lives whether we know it or not. We really believe that you’re born gay. I’ve had plenty of conversations with people that are gay and they say they are born gay, no different than me being born this beautiful almond coconut color that I am. People are born gay. So why treat them any differently? It’s time that we treat everybody fairly. And not only are we trying to dictate who people should love. We’re also trying to dictate who people should be. If a woman wants to wear a man’s clothes or if a man wants to wear a woman’s clothes or you feel like you’re a woman on the inside and you’re really a man. Who cares? Let’s just treat everybody equally. Let’s move on. Let’s evolve as a culture, as a people.”
Hopefully, Ayanbadejo’s bravery will encourage other influential athletes and people who feel the same way to rise up and speak out on the issue of equality.
Watch the full interview below.