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Aaron Ekblad speaks out for equality in new commercial

Panthers defenseman shows support for LGBTQ community, Pride Month in Nike ad

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Aaron Ekblad is lending his likeness to speak out for equality.

The Florida Panthers defenseman appeared in an ad for Nike's BETRUE collection released Monday and celebrates the LGBTQ community and Pride Month in June.

Tweet from @NikeLA: BETRUE TO EQUALITY.Nike is proud to celebrate the LGBTQ community and Pride Month with this year���s BETRUE collection. #betrue #equality pic.twitter.com/jRAkjqSyrM

Ekblad joined WNBA star Brittney Griner, and skateboarders Lacey Baker and Brian Anderson, in the minute-long spot where each athlete reveals why he or she is supporting the movement.

"Keep on trying to break those barriers," Ekblad said in the commercial while wearing a black shirt that says "Equality" in rainbow lettering, "and become a group of people and a movement that's changing the world."

Tweet from @Ekblad5FLA: Support and empower anyone willing and able to play #equality #betterforit @nike @nikevault @��� https://t.co/CAwJ2SdqBz

Ekblad isn't the only NHL player celebrating Pride Month. Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby announced he'll be marching in the 2017 Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday for the second straight year.

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