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Trey McBride is the first NFL player ever drafted to have same-sex parents

“It’s heartwarming- they’ve been great role models for me & my brothers so it’s cool how they raised us & it’s just very special for us”

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NFL Draft pick Trey McBride & parents (Screenshot/NBC TODAY)

FORT MORGAN, Co. – Although not one football player drafted by NFL teams this weekend publicly identifies as anything other than straight or cisgender, the Arizona Cardinals made LGBTQ sports history Saturday with their second-round pick of Trey McBride. The two-time All American tight end from Colorado State University is the son of two very proud lesbian moms, and the first NFL player ever drafted who has parents in a same-sex relationship. 

“This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” McBride told the Fort Collins Colorodan. “To finally be drafted and to be officially an NFL player, this is, man, this is so special.” 

Trey, 22, is 6-foot-4, weighs 246 pounds and caught 90 balls for 1,121 yards last year. He’s one of five children Kate McBride has with her longtime partner, Jen. Trey has a twin brother, Dylan, two older brothers named Bryce and Toby, who was a star linebacker in Fort Collins, and a younger sister named Taya. 

Their moms said they countered the possibility their children might be bullied because of their relationship, by raising them to recognize what they had as a family.

“You always worry about your kids,” Jen told NBC earlier this week. “Because we were all kids. We know how kids are. But the main thing with them is, be confident in who you are. You come from a family that every single one of us are in your corner, no matter what, anytime in the day. So, nobody really talked about bullying.”

Trey called growing up with his moms “pretty special.”

“It’s heartwarming and they’ve been great role models for me and my brothers, so it’s cool to see how they raised us and it’s just very special for us,” he said.

“I’m excited to see him just live his dream,” Kate told the Today show. “When your kid comes to you when they’re little and they say they want to be president, you’re like, ‘OK, honey, that’s great.’ He wanted to play in the NFL, and he’s going to do it.”

“I’m excited as heck,” the newly-minted Arizona Cardinal said after becoming the 55th selection on Friday night. “I feel like I can run through a brick wall right now.”

McBride’s selection wasn’t the only LGBTQ highlight of the 2022 NFL Draft, but once again it was the Arizona Cardinals who were responsible for making it happen.

When the team selected San Diego State defensive end Cameron Thomas with their third-round pick Friday night, the 87th overall, they did so with the help of members of the National Gay Flag Football League, who announced Thomas in a historic move to promote inclusivity.

“Both the NFL and the Cardinals enjoy strong support from a large, diverse fan base and the LGBTQ+ community is certainly part of that,” Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill told KNXV-TV. “Including members of this community among the many fans representing teams throughout the draft is part of an important and intentional effort that these types of league events reflect as wide and inclusive a cross-section of our fan base as possible.”

Joel Horton, who played in Phoenix for the PGFFL and is currently the league’s Gay Bowl liaison, was joined by NGFFL Commissioner Shigeo Iwamiya and Jodie Turner, who is on the league’s Board of Directors.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Horton, who became the first out gay person to announce an NFL draft pick.

“They could have easily done this without us,” Iwamiya told KNXV-TV, “but the fact they went out of their way to do this means so much to a sports organization regardless of who they are.” 

The player they announced, Cameron Thomas, is 6-foot-4, weighs 267-pounds and won the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and was an AP All-American. 

Right now in the NFL, there is only one out gay player, Carl Nassib, who was released last month by the Las Vegas Raiders. He was the first-ever active NFL player to come out as gay.

Free agent R.K. Russell came out as bisexual three years ago but has not yet been re-signed by a team. It will be eight years ago next month that Michael Sam made history as the first out gay man to be drafted by an NFL team. After a long absence, Sam is finally back on the gridiron as a defensive line coach for the Barcelona Dragons of the European league. 

Retired lineman Ryan O’Callaghan told students in a talk at Drexel University earlier this month that he expects two or more players to come out as gay, “probably in this off-season.”

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German soccer federation: Trans players can decide their team to play on

“This new regulation on playing rights will provide an important foundation to allow players with diverse gender identities to play football”

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FRANKFURT – The German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V.) this week issued new regulations and rules governing all transgender, intersex and non-binary players. On Thursday the governing soccer body passed a new regulation that takes effect as of the start of the upcoming 2022-23 season allowing all trans, intersex and non-binary players to decide for themselves whether to compete on men’s or women’s teams.

The DFB also specified that as long as the player’s health is not affected by playing sports while taking medication, they can continue to participate in the sport. Under the new regulation, this would not be considered as doping.

This marks a departure from the recent trend and actions of other international sports governing associations such those taken earlier this month by the swimming’s world governing body FINA, which meeting in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, voted to restrict transgender athletes from elite women’s competitions.

FINA said their action was necessary to determine eligibility criteria because of the “biological performance gap” that appears between males & females.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, the DFB’s diversity ambassador, said “Football (soccer) stands for diversity, a value that the DFB also promotes. This new regulation on playing rights will provide an important foundation to allow players with diverse gender identities to play football.”

Sabine Mammitzsch, the vice president for women’s and girls’ football (soccer) welcomes the regulation telling media outlets:

“The national and regional associations and also those responsible at grassroots level have signaled for some time that there is uncertainty around how to treat trans, intersex and non-binary players in practice. They therefore welcome the introduction of a far-reaching, nationwide regulation on the playing rights of these groups.”

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NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell talks to Billie Jean King on impact of Title IX

The impact of Title IX on women’s sports is significant. The law opened doors and removed barriers for girls and women

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NEW YORK – This week marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX which was signed into law June 23, 1972 by then President Richard Nixon. It prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other education program that receives funding from the federal government.

Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Two years after Title IX was signed into law, King founded the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974. In 1971, before Title IX passed, only 1% of college athletic budgets went to women’s sports programs. At the high school level, male athletes outnumbered female athletes 12.5 to 1. 

The impact of Title IX on women’s sports is significant. The law opened doors and removed barriers for girls and women, and while female athletes and their sports programs still have fewer teams, fewer scholarships, and lower budgets than their male counterparts, since Title IX’s passage, female participation at the high school level has grown by 1057 percent and by 614 percent at the college level.

The impact of Title IX stretches into professional sports as well. More opportunities have emerged for young women to turn their sport into their career, particularly in the WNBA. Collegiate and professional coaching opportunities have increased as well.

An openly Out lesbian, King and her longtime partner Ilana Kloss joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as co-owners in September of 2018.

NBC News reported that fifty years after Title IX was signed, the impact of the law is still being felt by women in sports across the country. Tennis legend, Billie Jean King, who has devoted her life to fighting for gender equality in sports, spoke with NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell regarding Title IX. She explained that while we have come a long way there is “much more to do.”

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World swimming body FINA votes to ban Trans athletes

FINA says it was necessary to determine eligibility criteria because of the “biological performance gap” that appears between males & females

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FINA's president, Husain Al-Musallam, announcing the new policy Sunday in Budapest (Screenshot/YouTube 10 News First)

BUDAPEST – The Swimming’s world governing body FINA meeting in the Hungarian capital city voted to restrict transgender athletes from elite women’s competitions. The final vote tally of the representatives was 71.5% approval for the new policy which requires transgender athletes show that “they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later.”

Enactment of that requirement effectively eliminates trans women’s eligibility to compete in the women’s category.

Tanner Stages describe the physical changes people undergo during puberty.

“We have to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also have to protect competitive fairness at our events, especially the women’s category at FINA competitions,” FINA’s president, Husain Al-Musallam, said in a statement.

The organisation is maintaining that it was necessary to use sex and sex-linked traits to determine eligibility criteria because of the “performance gap” that appears between males and females during puberty.

“Without eligibility standards based on biological sex or sex-linked traits, we are very unlikely to see biological females in finals, on podiums, or in championship positions; and in sports and events involving collisions and projectiles, biological female athletes would be at greater risk of injury,” the statement from FINA’s new policy read.

Athlete Ally, which advocates for Trans athletes responded:

“FINA’s new eligibility criteria for transgender athletes and athletes with intersex variations is deeply discriminatory, harmful, unscientific and not in line with the 2021 International Olympic Committee framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations,” said Anne Lieberman, Director of Policy and Programs at Athlete Ally.

“This sudden and discriminatory decision is a blatant attack on transgender athletes who have worked to comply with longstanding policies that have allowed them to participate for years without issue,” said Joni Madison, Human Rights Campaign Interim President. “This policy is an example of swimming organizations caving to the avalanche of ill-informed, prejudiced attacks targeted at one particular transgender swimmer. We urge the FINA to rethink its policy and ensure inclusion for all athletes — including transgender women – and allow them to participate in sports free from discrimination, abuse and harassment.

“To the young athletes who may be disheartened by this policy, know that we know and believe that every young person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and that transgender kids, like their friends, deserve the same chances to learn sportsmanship, self-discipline, and teamwork, and to build a sense of belonging with their peers,” Madison added.

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