If you're a fan of NASCAR, you probably know at least a few drivers. Ranging from champions like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott to young talent and social media savvy racers, the sport has quite a few competitors we see on Sunday. But what many people may not realize is that NASCAR has a large and thriving community of LGBTQ+ fans.
During this Pride Month, NASCAR is taking a stand to support its LGBTQ+ fans. However, a lot of people are claiming they will no longer support the sport because of this. That's a shame because if more businesses would take a similar stance as NASCAR, we could have an even more diverse and inclusive industry.
Devon Rouse, a race car driver from Iowa, is the second openly gay driver in NASCAR history. The 23-year-old is set to run his second NASCAR Truck Series race this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee. Rouse says coming out two years ago was the hardest thing he's ever done. But now, he feels more comfortable than ever in his racing career.
NASCAR has a long-standing relationship with the LGBTQ+ community. While there's a certain significance attributed to Pride Month, it's important to remember that inclusion must be a 365 day effort. Whether that's embracing new groups of fans or supporting existing ones, NASCAR needs to show its true colors on a consistent basis. And one way it can do this is by recognizing some of its most dedicated LGBTQ+ fans.