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Gay Volleyball Captain Leads NYU Athletics in 'It Gets Better' Video: WATCH


Jay Hayes, the captain of the men’s volleyball team at New York University, organized and directed an "It Gets Better" video featuring the coaches and athletes of NYU Athletics. It's only the second in the It Gets Better campaign done by a major university’s athletic program (the other's is Northwestern University).

Said Hayes to NYU Local:

“Athletics is the next frontier for gay rights. When you look at the civil rights movement, it wouldn’t have been as successful if a person like Jackie Robinson hadn’t been there. I really hope that a gay athlete comes out soon. I think that professional sports these days are just a business and these players know that it could hurt the brand and the bottom line if they came out. Once we see a professional gay athlete come out and succeed, that will be monumental."

Watch the inspiring clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. is Joe Hayes the guy at the start? he's cute. good work

    Posted by: DanSwon | Apr 10, 2012 8:16:54 PM

  2. NYU Athletics: That video was off the charts excellent. I am so happy that young LGBT and questioning youth have spectacular young gay and straight youth like you to help them survive and indeed thrive. Thank you!!!

    Posted by: jack | Apr 10, 2012 8:21:52 PM

  3. Outstanding! What I would have given for something like this when I was in school a bajillion years ago.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Apr 10, 2012 8:30:37 PM

  4. YAY! Good job, guys & gals!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Apr 10, 2012 8:34:57 PM

  5. Isn't "gay volleyball" repetitive and redundant?

    Posted by: Publius | Apr 10, 2012 8:41:43 PM

  6. COMPARE this, representing 2012,to the mormon "It gets better for now, but after college we are screwed", representing 1980.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 10, 2012 9:15:30 PM

  7. Isn't "gay volleyball" repetitive and redundant?

    Posted by: Publius | Apr 10, 2012 8:41:43 PM


    Funny. Be nice.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 10, 2012 9:59:47 PM

  8. Where was the football team?

    Posted by: J. Leo | Apr 10, 2012 10:54:20 PM

  9. "NYU has not had a varsity football team since 1952."


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  11. "Isn't "gay volleyball" repetitive and redundant?"

    I think you mean "gay tennis", right? :-)

    BOB | APR 10, 2012 9:15:30 PM

    I thought that too, what a contrast. Of course, there's a vast cultural difference between NYC and Provo, but still.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Apr 11, 2012 12:27:44 AM

  12. He looks like Tobey Maguire.

    Posted by: john patrick | Apr 11, 2012 1:27:29 AM

  13. I seriously do not have any idea of what to say about this information..Is it something good that happened or bad..No idea just waiting for others to reply..

    Posted by: Seo forum | Apr 11, 2012 3:36:49 AM

  14. Real people fighting bigots - better than a million two faced 'fierce defenders'.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 11, 2012 3:57:51 AM

  15. very good post! need to say you did a great job and i really appreciate it!

    Posted by: research paper writers | Apr 11, 2012 6:17:48 AM

  16. Congrats, NYU! I wish there would have been this increased acceptance when I was in college...but glad to see it getting better!

    Posted by: DSCinSEA | Apr 11, 2012 8:57:07 AM

  17. Great work from some fine folks. Terrific video. if one kid sees it, it's worth it.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Apr 11, 2012 10:15:34 AM

  18. Surprised nobody mentioned the Chick-Fil-A at the NYU cafeteria. Though personally I don't think it is that big of deal.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Apr 11, 2012 12:22:20 PM

  19. JOHN PATRICK: "He looks like Tobey Maguire."

    Just what i was thinking :) no bad thing

    Posted by: DanSwon | Apr 11, 2012 1:51:31 PM

  20. thanks for sharing your idea.very thanks.

    Posted by: The Avengers Jacket | Nov 7, 2012 3:00:12 AM

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