You Can Play: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis battle homophobia in sports

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Hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released a public service video for the “You Can Play” project, a national organization “dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.”

The group strives to ensure equal opportunity to compete on all playing fields.

“We’ve also got great friends and family and some of them are gay,” Macklemore says in the video.

“You know someone who’s gay. Athletes, musicians, people in your life … they just haven’t told you yet. You know what? It doesn’t matter … Don’t let being gay hold you back. If you can play, you can play.”

Known for their same-sex marriage anthem “Same Love,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ pro-LGBT video comes at a time when homophobia in sports is at the forefront of America’s national conversation.

In other LGBT music news, singer-songwriter Morrissey suggested that world peace lies with the homosexual community.

“If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars,” said Morrissey in an interview with Rookie Magazine, “because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men … Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies.”

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