History has been made, yet surprisingly, it sounds like a story that just makes sense. A lesbian couple produced the first NFL player with queer parents. Trey McBride was selected No. 55 in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, and he made sure to thank his moms, Kate and Jen, for his success.
McBride has always been vocal about his upbringing, but he hopes that this sheds light on how children of gay parents can achieve anything. They raised him during the mid-1990s when same-sex couples raising kids was still considered a controversial idea.
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NFL hunk Carl Nassib becoming the first active, out player was important for visibility, but this occasion is indicative of the more familiar role we play in society, especially as parents. Finding hetero moms and dads who crush their kids’ dreams or personalities is much easier than a queer parent who doesn’t embrace their child to be everything they want to be.
And yes, he’s cute. But as if Florida’s political troll Ron DeSantis needs any more proof that gay doesn’t produce gay, McBride is straight.
Here’s hoping this is the first of many NFL firsts.
Excellent role model; let’s hope he has time to act as a spokesperson for gay families. I wish him a great career in the NFL!
I’m surprised there aren’t more positive notes here, but he’s taken an important step in affirming his same sex parents, especially given our current environment in the US, and as Fahd says, I hope he has a great NFL career and continues to affirm and support LGBTQ people!
“They raised him during the mid-1990s when same-sex couples raising kids was still considered a controversial idea.”
As if it isn’t still controversial. Someone may want to think that through again.
Good to see Trey is open and informative about it.