Sure, Michael Sam Got Drafted — But Now the Real Test Begins




After Michael Sam got drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of Saturday’s NFL Draft — making him league’s first openly gay draftee in its 94-year history — congratulations and adulations poured in from all corners of the Internet. Rams brass insisted they simply “drafted a good football player,” with no mind toward his sexual orientation. U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement commending Sam’s trailblazing status

An important, feel-good moment, to be sure. But now the draft is over, and the real test begins — for Sam, for the NFL and for an American society that’s still not entirely in tune with the progress gay rights have made over the past several years Read more…

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