Arizona Cardinals pick Trey McBride is the first NFL player with same-sex parents
Last week, the Arizona Cardinals drafted Colorado State tight end Trey McBride in the second round despite having two two quality tight ends under contract. The reason: Cardinals management felt McBride was too good of a talent to pass up.
But his pick is significant in other ways.
Trey McBride is now the first NFL player with same-sex parents. So why is this news?
Nate Rhoton, the CEO of One-n-Ten, an LGBTQ youth advocacy group, said: "I think it's still really important because the NFL and professional athletics have for a long time not really been an inclusive place for LGBTQ people."
"Now, we've seen a lot of advancements there. But it's still there's still some stigma there. And so I think the fact that Trey McBride's parents are both women — LGBTQ — and had this amazing, wonderful loving family together, I think it's news because it sends a message that this is now something that's OK in the NFL," Rhoton said.
And with the Cardinals who, Rhoton says, have long supported LGBTQ youth in Arizona.