Watch: Youtube & Google Celebrate World Cup & LGBT Athletes with #ProudToPlay

Youtube & Google's #ProudToPlay Campaign

Youtube & Google’s #ProudToPlay Campaign

Over the past year, there has been a growing, global conversation about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the world of sports.

So, in celebration of Pride Month, as well as the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, gay athletes and supporters in sports worldwide have come together in a campaign called #ProudToPlay, which is sponsored by Youtube and Google.

The effort comes on the heels of last year’s #ProudToLove campaign, and the brand hopes to inspire users to talk about what being #ProudToPlay means to them on the YouTube Spotlight Channel, which will feature a collection of videos about the LGBT community and sports throughout June. Take a look at the statement below:

“Stereotypes are like records: made to be broken. Scoring a hat trick. Taking home the gold. Anyone can set the pace for the rest of the world. All it takes is determination, sweat, and heart.

It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you’re from, or who you love. All that matters is that you give it everything you’ve got for the team.

Let’s support a world where every athlete can be proud of who they are.
Proud of where they’ve been.
Proud of what’s to come.
Proud to Play.”

The first video for the campaign features recent athletes who have came out such as Tom Daley, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner and Robbie Rogers, with athletes like Kobe Bryant and Neymar Jr. saying encouraging things about equality and being yourself. Take a look at the video below: