Professional Sports Has a Lot to Learn from Younger Athletes About LGBT Acceptance

Michael Sam arrives at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Michael Sam arrives at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP
Michael Sam arrives at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Michael Sam arrives at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP

Professional Sports Has a Lot to Learn from Younger Athletes About LGBT Acceptance

In 2013, the NHL joined the “You Can Play” campaign to show the league’s support for gay players. In 2014, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL.

But these moves have not shifted the overall climate in professional sports where openly gay athletes are rare.

Cyd Zeigler has been writing about LGBT athletes for nearly two decades. Zeigler joins us to discuss his new book Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports.