NBA player Reggie Bullock talking about his sister | Photo: YouTube/The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Detroit Pistons player Reggie Bullock has a new idea for the NBA — rainbow jerseys.
Yesterday afternoon (22 April), he tweeted about a dream he had.
— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) April 22, 2018
‘Just woke up out a dream and thought about playing in a rainbow colored jersey to incorportate #LGBTQ into sports,’ he wrote. Then he tagged the NBA itself: ‘Help me make it happen in my lifetime.’
Playing with rainbow colored jerseys is nothing new. In soccer, it’s been a thing for years.
The National Basketball Association has also been making strides to become more inclusive. Last year, they teamed up with the advocacy group National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The partnership aims to help LGBTQ businesses work with the sports league.
They also have official t-shirts with rainbow team logos. Earlier this year, the Toronto Raptors hosted the first You Can Play game in the NBA, a night for LGBTQ fans.
If anyone can get it done, it’s you
Bullock is no stranger to supporting LGBTQ rights.
His trans sister, Mia Henderson, was killed in 2014. To remember her, he got ‘LGBTQ’ tattooed on his calf next to her name.
He then hosted a Pride Night in memory of her.
Following the death of @ReggieBullock35‘s transgender sister Mia Henderson, he has pledged to take a stand for Transgender awareness and acceptance. He met with representatives of @GLAAD & @AthleteAlly & hosted a Pride Night to show his support for the LGBTQ community. pic.twitter.com/cOOsFbuYtl
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 31, 2018
While some fans didn’t respond positively, plenty did and showed nothing but support to Bullock.
I will support it 100% brother!
— Cornelius H. Gaskins (@h_gaskins) April 22, 2018
If anyone can get that done, it’s you @ReggieBullock35!❤️🌈🏀
— Stefanie Holub (@toddandstef) April 22, 2018
One even created an example design, in honor of his sister.
I’m not a graphic designer but I figured a palette swap might be nice. This color scheme matches up with the Transgender Flag in honor of your sister. I would love to see some type of tribute jersey by the NBA. 🏳️🌈✊🏀 pic.twitter.com/c9pJLbM1LH
— Hartford Sadboy (@varandela20) April 22, 2018