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Michael Sam Discusses Homophobia in the Black Community

Michael Sam Discusses Homophobia in the Black Community

Michael Sam is all smiles while posing for the cover of Attitude magazine‘s May 2016 issue, on newsstands now.

Here is what the 26-year-old openly gay football player had to share with the mag:

On the reaction to his coming out: “It was amazing. There was a friend who told me to give his cousin a call – she had tried to commit suicide twice. After she heard my story she promised herself she would never do it. People kill themselves because they can’t handle the pressure and that stress. It’s very sad. If by me living my life, I can save someone, I would do it again.”

On homophobia in the black community: “I can only go by my experience and the people I’ve been around. I think it’s more accepting, actually. There are a lot of black, openly gay people. A lot of people have [gay] friends, cousins, brothers, sisters… They have at least one openly gay person, at least it’s more accepting, that’s my experience. People tell me they have family members who are gay and it doesn’t freak them out and no black person ever freaked out at me, ‘oh you’re gay’. None. There are people who are over religious who go, ‘oh, you’re a fag, you’re going to hell.’ That’s everywhere. Ted Cruz is pretty much anti-gay.”

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  • sydney jane

    Well, it’s just not true. The black community is much more homophobic than whites. Who does Sam think is responsible for the gay marriage ban passing in 2008 in overwhelmingly left-wing California, the same year that the state voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama? It was the black community, led by black churches, and Latino communities. By the way, I wonder why there was no boycott of California when they voted to ban gay marriage, the way there is against North Carolina today. Where was Apple, Disney, and all those companies in 2008? Why were there no travel bans to California in 2008 because of its anti-gay attitude?

  • Curt Noydb

    Maybe its not a phobia but disgust?

  • Christopher I. Gomes

    I saw him at a club… Who cares?

  • Sabrina

    And why would one be disgusted?

  • xtincta

    Who was responsible for the Defense of Marriage Act in the first place Sydney? Who elected a president TWICE that used gay marriage as wedge issue Sydney? Who is still trying to pass anti gay legislation TODAY at state level elections Sydney ? I know you THINK what you’re saying is true but it’s not. Black people don’t even make up 10% of California’s voting electorate. Those Prop 8 predictions were based off exit polls and even then the margins showed that there still wasn’t enough black voters to sway that vote one way or the other. White people with Power are the biggest threats to LGBT people in this country Sydney.

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  • suzybel

    Here we go again! And for the record he is not playing football, gay or not. He couldn’t cut it and was tossed.