Michael Sam

Openly gay athlete.
Michael Sam is an openly gay American football player, and received huge national attention in 2013 when he came out while still a lineman on the University of Missouri’s football team. Sam was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and is currently a free-agent seeking a a regular spot on an NFL team.

Today, GLAAD urges people to stand together in support of LGBT youth and to stop bullying.

October 15 2015 10:09 AM

He believes he would now be on a roster if he’d waited to announce he’s gay.

September 29 2015 4:38 PM

As any person of color understands: We don't get to feel entitled.

August 17 2015 2:00 PM

The 25-year-old defensive end cited mental health reasons for his exit.

August 15 2015 3:36 PM

Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to appear in a Canadian Football League game Friday night

August 10 2015 11:58 AM

The couple have reportedly taken a one-way trip to Splittsville. 

June 30 2015 1:40 PM

The first openly gay NFL draft pick signs with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes

May 22 2015 12:51 PM

The athlete’s final number was inspired by coming out and his relationship with his father

April 08 2015 2:30 PM

He and partner Peta Murgatroyd danced to 'Uptown Funk'

March 17 2015 11:36 AM

 'I will see if maybe I'm not gay, maybe it's a phase.' Spoiler: 'twasn't.

February 16 2015 12:54 PM