Seeking to abolish the homophobia found in the sporting world, the You Can Play Project has now found a musical voice with “Thrift Shop”-er Macklemore coming forth with a promotional video for the campaign.
The organization was originally founded by Philadelphia flyers scout Patrick Burke following the death of his brother. Burke’s brother Brendan came out while serving as the hockey team manager for Miami University.
In the video, Macklemore, sporting a Seattle Supersonics jersey, says, “”We’re creating music and travelling all around the world and life is good. We’ve also got great friends and family and some of them are gay.” He goes on to say, “You know someone who’s gay. Athletes, musicians, people in your life, they just haven’t told you yet.”
Mixed in with footage of Macklemore on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater, he reinforces the motto of the organization. “Don’t let being gay hold you back. If you’re straight, do not hold others back. Anti-gay language has no place in sports or music. If you can play, you can play.”
Macklemore is the first from the music world to come out in support of the organization joining many athletes and athletic organizations with support videos.
This isn’t the first time that Macklemore, and sometimes silent partner Ryan Lewis, have come forth to support gay rights. In October of last year, before “Thrift Shop” had taken over the nation, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis filmed a moving video for their song “Same Love,” featuring Mary Lambert, which demonstrated their support for marriage equality.