Written by Gracie Ostertag
On this anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which since 1969, has served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement around the world, we’re excited to celebrate more victories for members of the LGBTQ+ community happening in the year 2021.
First, a monumental step in the fashion industry. Victoria Secret is recreating the company’s brand image by stepping away from Angels and replacing their current models with athletes, activists, and actors. Among these new members of the “VS Collective” includes American and LGBTQ+ professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe, actress and activist Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Valentina Sampaio, who’s both an LGBTQ+ model and activist. According to USA TODAY, they are welcoming a diverse group of women to create lingerie collections in hopes to develop new and deeper connections with all women. They want to provide “inspiring” content and bring awareness for causes that support women.
Another event worth taking note of is the recent coming out of NFL Player defensive lineman, Carl Nissib, making him the first openly gay, active NFL Player. There have been several NFL players to come out after their retirements but, Carl Nissib dared to make history with the timing of his announcement. Carl Nissib voiced in a Nico Lang article, “I stand on the shoulders of giants, incredible people who have paved the way for me to have this opportunity.” After the announcement, social media exploded with support for the Las Vegas Raider. Commissioner Roger Goodell made a statement following the news , “… We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community…” Come kick off in September of the 2021 NFL season, Carl Nissib could become the first gay man to ever play in an NFL Game.
Another large improvement for the LGBTQ+ community includes the alterations made to Title IX. The federal civil rights law not only protects from discrimination based on sex but now entices the protection of gender identity and sexual orientation in educational settings when receiving financial aid. CBS NEWS reported a statement by Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona. It reads, “The Supreme Court has upheld the right for LGBTQ+ people to live and work without fear of harassment, exclusion, and discrimination — and our LGBTQ+ students have the same rights and deserve the same protections.” These recent events of 2021 are making monumental changes for the LGBTQ+ community.
The community continues to grow as Gallup’s latest update reveals 5.6 percent of U.S. adults are identifying themselves as LGBTQ+. This is a 1.1 percent jump from the data found in the 2017 Gallup update, and a number that continues to increase over time, as individuals from younger generations aren’t as commonly identifying as heterosexual. According to Gallup, one in six adults will identify as LGBTQ+ if part of Generation Z.
Player’s Health is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community on this anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and every other day of the year.