The Super Bowl teams and LGBTQ equality

Brendon Ayanbadejo

Brendon Ayanbadejo, a vocal supporter of LGBTQ equality. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)


LGBT faces have made appearances in television, music, the U.S. Senate, and now football. The Super Bowl, in fact.

This Sunday, The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens will battle it out for the title of Super Bowl XLVII Champions. In August, the 49ers became the first NFL team to make an “It Gets Better” campaign video after openly gay fan, Sean Chapin, created a petition asking for the team to do so. Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbagejo typed out his now famous “Jerry Maguire e-mail” at 3:40 a.m. the night after the Ravens beat the Patriots asking the founder of New Yorkers for Marriage Equality, Brian Ellner, what could be done to mesh the widely-watched Super Bowl game and anti-bullying and marriage equality together.


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