MU LGBTQ Community Reacts to Michael Sam Coming Out as Gay

2 years 6 months 1 week ago February 10, 2014 Feb 10, 2014 Monday, February 10 2014 Monday, February 10, 2014 1:08:00 PM CST in News
By: Eric Hilt, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Members of the University of Missouri LGBTQ community responded Monday to MU football player Michael Sam's announcement Sunday that he is gay.

"I was headed over to my friend's house, and my phone just started blowing up with all the news," MU LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator Struby Struble said. "My reaction was full of so much pride and excitement."

Struble said she and others at the LGBTQ Resource Center thought seeing support from MU students was overwhelming.

"I'm not going to lie to you, I cried tears of joy this morning," Struble said. "Watching the support happen feels so amazing." She added, "It feels like a million high fives."

Struble said her and others have worked very hard to create an inclusive community at MU and seeing that work pay off is a great feeling.

"We support all Tigers and here's the proof of that, here's the success of it," Struble said. "We're not perfect yet, but we're really, really great."

The LGBTQ Resource Center has been working with the athletic department in order to create an inclusive environment within Mizzou's athletic teams, and Stuble said that she's proud to be a part of history.

"I got to talk to his coaches and the athletic staff about how to make his team an inclusive space for him, and of course we didn't know about him, but we wanted to say if there's a gay player out there we want them to know that they're also supported," Struble said.

Struble added that she hopes to meet Sam sometime in the future and talk with him about his experience.

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