Michael Sam drafted by St. Louis Rams, becomes 1st openly gay player drafted by NFL

From thegrio.com (MSNBC)
Sunday, May 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.

For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the league’s first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed.

The call finally came in Saturday from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri.

Sam was selected in the seventh and final round and admitted it was a frustrating wait. He said teams that passed on him chickened out and he should have been drafted sooner.

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Laverne Cox To Produce ‘Trans Teen: The Documentary’ With MTV And Logo

From Huffington Post
April 29, 2014

Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox is embarking on a new endeavor that aims to bring light to issues surrounding transgender identity for teens and young adults.

The “Orange Is The New Black” star is slated to produce and host a television documentary titled “Trans Teen: The Documentary” that will air this upcoming fall.

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Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

From NBC News

An Arkansas judge on Friday declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the second such ruling in the South.

Though certain to be appealed, Friday’s decision is a victory for 21 gay and lesbian couples who challenged an Arkansas constitutional amendment, adopted by 75 percent of voters in 2004, stating that “marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman.”

Referring to the US Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v Virginia, the 1967 ruling that invalidated bans on inter-racial marriage, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza said, “It has been over forty years since Mildred Loving was given the right to marry the person of her choice. The hatred and fears have long since vanished and she and her husband lived full lives together; so it will be for the same-sex couples.

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