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What It Means To Be A Gay Athlete

Feb 11, 2014

What does it mean to be an openly-gay athlete? Just ask Michael Sam. The Mizzou football player, who was out to his teammates, made it public on a national scale this weekend.

Michael Sam plays football for the University of Missouri and recently announced he is gay.
Credit mutigers.com

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with some of the organizations that support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes about the issues these athletes face.

We also talk with an athlete who’s dealt with the problems that can come with a public coming-out announcement.


  • Greg Echlin, KCUR sports reporter
  • Cyd Zeigler, editor and co-founder of OutSports.com
  • Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally
  • Dr. Andrew Jacobs, sports psychologist and host of the Sports Psychology Hour on 810 Sports radio.