Michael Emanuel Rajner

Bilerico Sits Down with NFL Champ Brendon Ayanbadejo [Video]

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | April 28, 2013 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chicago Bears, Equality Florida, Fort Lauderdale, gay rights, Kitchenetta, LGBT, LGBT youth, marriage equality, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Super bowl

Last week, Equality Florida drafted 2013 Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, born of Nigerian and Irish decent, in the fight for marriage equality. Ayanbedejo played for the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens.Brendon Ayanbadejo - Michael Rajner

Equality Florida stated that:

Florida has a dark history when it comes to Equality for the LGBT community, beginning with the John's Committee of the 50's and 60's - Florida's own McCarthy-esque Senate Committee whose job it was to identify, expose and publicly destroy gay people and supporters of civil rights. Florida was also home to Anita Bryant, who launched her national anti-gay crusade right here in South Florida, destroying lives and families in her wake.

After the press conference at Kitchenetta in Fort Lauderdale, I had a chance to record a video, one on one with Ayanbedejo. The video is after the break along with more.

He spoke from his heart about why he is getting involved and why equal rights for LGBT people is important to him. He shared that he is a biracial child and there was a time when black and white people could not marry.

He told our youth:

You are no different than anyone else, God created you perfect just the way you are...Keep fighting on. There will be a day where everyone is treated equally.

Ayanbedejo then spoke directly to LGBT youth in high school and college sports who were struggling with their sexuality and said:

If you are an athlete and love your sport, go out there and play because you are going to be a big difference.

Now, I know many of you will be watching the video and become mesmerized by Ayanbedejo's beauty. So pay attention and listen closely to words spoken genuinely that flowed so gently from his heart.

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