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'I'm So Proud,' Says Biden Of Athletes Carl Nassib And Kumi Yokoyama For Coming Out
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'I'm So Proud,' Says Biden Of Athletes Carl Nassib And Kumi Yokoyama For Coming Out


On Tuesday, President Joe Biden applauded NFL defensive lineman Carl Nassib and professional soccer star Kumi Yokoyama for their recent decision to come out, saying the moves would benefit "countless children around the world."

“To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama, two prominent, inspiring athletes who came out this week: I’m so proud of your courage,” Biden tweeted. “Because of you, countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today.”

To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama, two prominent, inspiring athletes who came out this week: I am so proud of your courage; because of you, countless kids around the world see themselves in a new light today. — President Biden (@POTUS) June 23, 2021

Nassib, who plays for the Las Vegas Raiders, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay on Monday, saying that “representation and visibility are so important.”

“I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay,” the 28-year-old said in an Instagram video. “I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends, and job a guy could ask for.”

Yokoyama, who is from Japan and plays for the Washington Spirit in the National Women's Soccer League, came out as transgender the day before. In an interview, Yokoyama said their girlfriend assisted them in making the decision after moving to the United States.

“It really hit me when my girlfriend said there was no reason for me to stay closeted,” they said, according to USA Today. “Coming out wasn’t something I was enthusiastic about, but if I think about my life going forward, it would be harder to live closeted, so I found the courage to come out.”

We love and support you, Kumi! Thank you for showing the world that it is okay to be yourself! https://t.co/Gi7btIAT7l — Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) June 19, 2021

The statements were widely praised, and ESPN reported Tuesday that Nassib's jersey became the NFL's best-selling item in the 24 hours following his release.

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