Recently, Carl Nassib, Raiders’ defensive lineman, the first active NFL player to announce he’s gay, said, “Sadly, I have agonized over this moment for the last fifteen years.”  He went on to thank his coach and colleagues saying, “I would not be able to do this without them.” 

Nassib’s story makes important points about diversity, equity, and inclusion, starting with speaking out about your difference takes great courage, particularly when you exist in a world where you and others like you are marginalized.  

  • Being received in ways that say, “I see you, I respect you, I accept you,” creates a sense of greater safety and inclusion.  
  • Visible representation matters — greater numbers — enhance the sense of openness and welcome.  
  • Active support from leadership and colleagues is meaningful.  

Yes, celebrate Pride month.  And day-to-day, actively make your workplace safer and more inclusive for your LGBTQ colleagues.