NBA’s Reggie Bullock calls for rainbow jerseys to make sport more LGBTQ-inclusive


The star said that the idea came to him in a dream.

NBA’s Reggie Bullock took to Twitter on Monday to call for rainbow-coloured jerseys to help “incorporate” being LGBTQ into sports. In the tweet, he said: “Just woke up out a dream and thought about playing in a [rainbow] colored jersey to incorporate #LGBTQ into sports.” He then tagged the NBA in his tweet, calling on them to make it happen in his “lifetime.”

Although the NBA hasn’t responded to Bullock’s tweet, many fans echoed his sentiments.

Bullock has been an ally to the LGBTQ community for a while, particularly after his sister, Mia Henderson, who was transgender was murdered in 2014.

In a world where people are perpetually excluded for their differences, hated for their identities and subjected to discrimination simply because of how they look, live or love, I choose to stand against injustice. You are free to choose how you live, so I choose to stand for equality in the community and inclusion of all human beings. My sister, Mia Henderson, was murdered in a hate crime for simply being who she was. You do not have to support everyone's choices in the world, but it is important to practice tolerance and support that everyone should be free to make their own choices without being subjected to persecution. I chose to follow the rainbow in search of what I hope will be brighter days worth more than gold. If you see me around you may notice my watch band. It represents the rainbow I follow and that I will forever keep my sister in my heart and on my mind. RIP MIA HENDERSON ???????? (10/6/87- 7/16/14) I STAND WITH YOU

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Since then, he has had her name and the acronym ‘LGBTQ’ tattooed on his leg, and hosted Pride events alongside GLAAD and Athlete Ally.

However, even though the NBA hasn’t officially responded, the organisation does embrace the LGBTQ community. In the past, teams have had rainbow-coloured logos, and recently the NBA teamed up with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help LGBTQ businesses work with them.

And back in April 2013, the now retired basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay. During his time in the sport, Collins wore a jersey with 98 on the back, in honour of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered because of his sexuality in 1998.

The jersey became a bestseller on the NBA’s website, and it was reported that all proceeds from the website, and auctions of worn jerseys, were donated to two LGBTQ charities. These charities were the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.



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