Michael Sam made history last year when he became the NFL’s first openly gay player. Now, he’s continuing to stand for the right to pursue happiness how he sees fit as a spokesman for LGBT civil rights. On Sunday, February 15, 2015, Michael Sam will keynote the Human Rights Campaign’s 2nd Annual Kansas City Equality Brunch.
“We are thrilled that Michael Sam will be keynoting our Kansas City event,” said Angela Cottrell, Kansas City member of the HRC Board of Governors. “By leading an authentic life in a professional that has been historically unwelcoming to LGBT people, he has broken barriers and inspired LGBT people across the country.”
Sam, who was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, came out as gay prior to the 2014 NFL Draft and was later selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, making him the first openly gay player in league history. Later that year he was awarded the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his fearlessness in standing up for his beliefs no matter the cost.
During his acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award he said: “To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in and will never be accepted, please know this, great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself.”
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