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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Endorse The You Can Play project

The chart-topping hip-hop duo release video in support of ending homophobia in sports

Macklemore supports the You Can Play project
Macklemore supports the You Can Play project
Otto Greule Jr

Hip-hop sensation Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have joined the You Can Play project with a new video targeting homophobia in sports (and music, of course).

It could be baseball, football, basketball, soccer, piano, an instrument. If you have the skills, talent and heart, you can play. 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.

From the You Can Play Web site:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been to #1 before. “Same Love,” hit the top in Australia and New Zealand last year with an emotional endorsement of same sex relationships. And, it’s been a big month for the Seattle duo with their song, “Wing$” serving as the theme song for this year’s NBA All-Star Game.

Now, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis join the You Can Play Team as musicians, sports fans and big, cool voices against homophobia in sports and entertainment. The platinum-selling artists filmed their You Can Play video on-stage just before this month’s sold-out “Icelantic Winter on the Rocks” show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver.

It's pretty powerful stuff, and we're not surprised. The You Can Play project keeps breaking new ground, tracking down new allies we haven't heard from before. Certainly Macklemore has talked about his support of gay issues in the past, but this is the first time (that I know of) the platinum recording artist has leant his voice to the LGBT sports movement. Great stuff.

You can watch the video here:

PHOTO: Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle hip-hop artist Macklemore prior to throwing out the first pitch before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports