NFL player makes history as 1st active gay player

Las Vegas Raiders player Carl Nassib came out as gay on Monday and has received an outpouring of support. Nassib advocated for LGBTQ youth suicide prevention organization, The Trevor Project.
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Now to the overwhelming reaction tonight to that brave personal message from Carl nassib, the first active NFL player to come out. Nassib hoping messages like his will soon be a thing of the past. Here's ABC's Kaylee Hartung. Reporter: Tonight, an outpouring of support for Carl nassib, the first active NFL player to come out as a gay man. In the backyard of his Pennsylvania home, he looked into the camera on his phone and made history, offering a message that he hopes will soon no longer be needed in our society. This is what he said. What's up people? I'm Carl nassib. I'm at my house here in west Chester, Pennsylvania. I just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay. I've been meaning to do this for a while now. But I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life. I've got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for. I'm a pretty private person. So, I hope you guys know that I'm really not doing this attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary. Interception by nassib! Reporter: Nassib's team, the Las Vegas raiders, the NFL and so many others now applauding his brave, personal message. NFL start J.J. Watt tweeting, "Good for you, Carl. Glad you feel comfortable enough to share." Tennis legend Billie Jean king writing, "The ability to live an authentic life is so important." And Carl nassib determined to make this about more than just himself. Announcing this -- I'm going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that is accepting and that's compassionate, and I'm going to start by donating $100,000 dollars to the Trevor project. They're an incredible organization. They're the number one suicide prevention service for lgbtq youth in America and they're truly doing incredible things. Reporter: Tonight, the Trevor project telling ABC news donations have increased 50%, visits to their site up 350%. I think people were moved that Carl in what is for many people a really deeply personal private moment, Carl chose to lift up young people. Reporter: The NFL tweeting today, "You can be that person to save a life". The 28-year-old saying he "Agonized over this moment for the last 15 years." But now feels gratitude and relief. I'm really pumped to see what the future holds. That's all I have for you guys. I hope you have a great day. Work hard. Reporter: And David, tonight, the NFL announcing it is matching Carl nassib's pledge to the Trevor project, that's another $100,000 for the organization. And if you need support, you can call the Trevor lifeline any time at 866-488-7386. David? They are doing important work and just an incredible reaction to this. Kaylee, thank you.

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