U.S. President Joe Biden tweeted a message of assist Tuesday for Japanese soccer participant Kumi Yokoyama, who lately got here out as transgender, and Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib, who this week grew to become the NFL’s first brazenly homosexual energetic participant.
In a tweet from the official presidential Twitter account, which contains a rainbow banner with the message “Completely satisfied Delight Month,” Biden praised Yokoyama and Nassib for serving to kids going through points associated to their sexuality or gender id.
“To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama — two distinguished, inspiring athletes who got here out this week: I am so happy with your braveness. Due to you, numerous children all over the world are seeing themselves in a brand new gentle at the moment,” the president tweeted.
To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama – two distinguished, inspiring athletes who got here out this week: I’m so happy with your braveness. Due to you, numerous children all over the world are seeing themselves in a brand new gentle at the moment.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 23, 2021
Yokoyama, who performs for the Washington Spirit within the U.S.-based Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League, got here out as transgender and introduced plans to stay as man in a video revealed on fellow Japanese participant Yuki Nagasato’s YouTube channel on Saturday.
Kumi Yokoyama. (Kyodo)
The previous Japan worldwide — who makes use of the pronouns they and them — mentioned they hoped to encourage a extra accepting atmosphere for transgender folks in Japan by popping out.
“Extra folks in Japan have gotten acquainted with the acronym LGBTQ and it is seen extra (within the media), however I believed if influential folks like myself do not come out and use their voices (transgender consciousness and acceptance) will not develop,” Yokoyama mentioned within the video.
Nassib introduced he’s homosexual in a message on his Instagram account on Monday, whereas additionally saying a $100,000 donation to a charity targeted on decreasing suicide amongst LGBTQ youth. He has since acquired widespread assist, together with from the Raiders and the NFL.
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