Former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay earlier this month. He came out to his teammates last August—that season, he also became the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and helped lead the Tigers to a 12-2 record. Now, Sam could be the first openly gay player in the NFL.
After the news broke Sunday evening that Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam is gay, Sports Illustrated published an article with the opinions of several anonymous NFL executives who said his decision to come out might hurt his NFL prospects. One said he doesn’t think football is ready for a gay player, and another said having a gay player in the locker room would be a big distraction.
But it wasn’t a problem this past season at MU, where the Tigers finished ranked fifth in the country even after Sam told them he was gay at the beginning of the season.
St. Louis and Kansas City are two of 25 cities to get a perfect score on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index. The MEI is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign, which works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
The MEI is the nation’s only rating system of LGBT inclusion. The study looked at 291 cities across the nation, including five in Missouri, rating each city with a score of one through 100. Cathryn Oakley is the author of the index. She said she is very impressed with Missouri
KBIA's Kate Grumke interviews Josie Herrera, MU's first gender-queer homecoming candidate, as part of KBIA's Off the Clock.
For the first time in the University of Missouri's history, a student who self-identifies as gender-queer is on homecoming court. Josie Herrera is running for Mizzou's homecoming king, and is also a member of a sorority.
The Kirksville City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to pass an ordinance that adds sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination policy. A similar ordinance failed on an earlier attempt in July, being shot down 3-2.
The deciding vote was Kirksville Mayor Richard Detweiler. He voted against the measure in July, and for it Monday night. Detweiler says it was a very difficult process that, looking back, he would have handled differently from the beginning.
Community members gathered in Flat Branch Park on Sunday for an interfaith worship service as part of MidMissouri PrideFest, which celebrates the LGBTQ community. The theme of the worship service was "let your light shine." Check out the highlights in this video from our local media partner, Columbia Faith & Values.