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Michael Sam Covers OUT Magazine: PHOTO


Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, covers August's issue of OUT Magazine. The interview got off to something of a rocky start because Sam first mistook his interviewer for being straight. However, once Sam discovered he and interviewer Christopher Glazek were both part of the same brotherhood of man, everything changed:

Desperate to turn things around, I started talking about myself and mentioned visiting a boyfriend in upstate New York. Suddenly Sam’s head perked up; for the first time, he looked me in the eyes. “Wait—you’re gay?” I wasn’t sure how this could have been unclear. “Uh, yes,” I replied, wonder- ing how he was going to take the news. “Oh!” he blurted, his voice rising five octaves. “And Aaron [Hicklin, Out’s editor in chief ]? Is he gay, too?” I nodded. His face melted into a smile; he inched his chair closer to the table and loosened the furrow in his brow. “I thought you guys were straight! That’s why I was giving you a hard time.” His eyes, which had glared with impermeability all through the shoot, suddenly started to radiate warmth and comradeship. Sam’s metamorphosis was so sudden and cartoonish, it suggested how much energy he was having to expend to protect his sexual orientation from people he feared would use it against him.

From that point on Sam opened up about his relationship with boyfriend Vito Cammisano, whom Sam famously kissed upon hearing the news that he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams. The pair met for the first time at a lingerie party during his freshman year: 

“We didn’t start off as huge fans of each other. I went up to him to ask if he was OK, and he started cursing at me, screaming, ‘Fuck off — do you know who I am?’ I told him I didn’t care who he was. We didn’t speak again for two years.”

The two later reconnected and today, Sam cites Cammisano as being the instigating force behind him taking the courageous step to come out to his team in college: 

By the time they were reintroduced by a mutual friend during Sam’s junior year, Cammisano had come out as gay. Sam, though, was still in the closet. One night, the trio went out together to a bar. “I could see he was interested,” Sam said. “I bought him a couple of drinks, got us tipsy. Toward the end of the night, I put my arm around him, and it was over.” The two started dating, but Sam was concerned about his teammates finding out. “Everyone knew Vito was gay, so we couldn’t even be seen together. There was a lot of climbing out of windows.” Eventually, the two split. As time went on, though, Sam grew more comfortable with being gay and the couple got back together before Sam’s senior year. This time they made no efforts to hide their relationship, and Sam decided it was time to formally come out to his team. “Vito was really the person who showed me I had to do it,” Sam said. “I wanted us to be comfortable...When I got up there in front of my team, it was actually the first time I said the words to anyone: ‘I am gay.’ Mizzou is a family. At another school, it might have been a different story.”

You can read OUT's full cover story on Sam HERE.   

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  1. He and Matt Baum would make the perfect pair. Baum would stand on his palm and say "I do". And he would.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 9, 2014 7:01:27 PM

  2. he needs to start avoiding all this press coverage and devote himself to football.

    Posted by: Carson | Jul 9, 2014 7:04:59 PM

  3. I wish the two of them would get married. One big splashy gorgeous 300 guests, live over the internet, sumptuious wedding. I love gay weddings!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jul 9, 2014 7:21:11 PM

  4. Michael Sam seems like a nice enough guy, but I suspect Vito is bad news.

    Posted by: Merv | Jul 9, 2014 7:55:39 PM

  5. Carson,

    What's wrong with this type of positive coverage? At least he is not out there rolling dollar bills in bathrooms like Manziel!

    Posted by: Melvyn | Jul 9, 2014 8:09:41 PM

  6. He mistook an interviewer and editor of a gay magazine as being straight? Wah?

    Posted by: Mikey | Jul 9, 2014 8:15:58 PM

  7. @Carson

    You're like tea party types who say, "Why is President Obama playing golf on a Saturday when he should be solving the worlds problems?"

    Michael Sam, like President Obama, can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Jul 9, 2014 8:20:09 PM

  8. Looking forward to seeing this guy on the field.

    I gave soccer a chance, but that sport is just so boring I couldn't do it. American football at least is interesting.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 9, 2014 8:29:51 PM

  9. What a tragic love story.

    Posted by: Towlette | Jul 9, 2014 8:41:07 PM

  10. Best of luck to him and his adorable boyfriend!

    Posted by: ceem | Jul 9, 2014 8:45:35 PM

  11. Carson:
    It seems odd why he should not spend just a few hours to be interviewed. Not everyone is like you spending 24 hour/day, 7 days/week making money and working.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 9, 2014 9:05:08 PM

  12. @Mikey

    If only one out of 11 commenters is sharp enough to point out what's most glaringly obvious - that a gay celebrity interviewed for a gay national magazine doesn't realize or assume its editor & cover story interviewer are gay - then maybe he's the perfect gay icon for this dimwitted gay generation.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 9, 2014 9:34:19 PM

  13. @Mikey & Jeff

    Out magazine isn't exactly Time magazine or Town & Country. Most gays are unaware of it.

    I am also a longtime subscriber.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Jul 9, 2014 9:46:25 PM

  14. Gawd, I'm going to be happy when the day comes that nobody gives a crap about any of this.

    I just hope I'ms till around to fully appreciate it.

    Posted by: Frankie | Jul 9, 2014 10:34:30 PM

  15. I'm so sick of snow queens where are the real black men?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 9, 2014 11:00:04 PM

  16. People still read OUT?

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jul 9, 2014 11:16:11 PM

  17. @mike

    Define "real black men" without any racist stereotypes

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jul 9, 2014 11:20:00 PM

  18. @QJ201

    Real black mean are they one who love themsevels and date other black men.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 9, 2014 11:42:06 PM

  19. @JEFF However, assuming someone to be straight and then giving them 'hard time' is itself being prejudiced and that's certainly does not count as an ideal quality of any gay icon! Not that I am saying anything against Sam but I d await the day when everyone would try to see things though and let ppl have their opinions....

    Posted by: Stuart | Jul 9, 2014 11:58:22 PM

  20. He should get rid of that Vito guy....definitely a user. The fact that Vito has friends and an ex-boyfriend who work in porn is also pretty shady.

    Posted by: 2cents | Jul 10, 2014 12:03:54 AM

  21. @Mike

    That is pretty dumb, in what way does it make him less black to date a white man? Does it make whites less white to date outside their race? As a mixed person, is dating outside my race going to effect my race ratios?

    Posted by: Nathan | Jul 10, 2014 12:47:14 AM

  22. Nice pic but he definitely needs help with his eye make-up. Somebody send him a drag queen.

    Posted by: billydee4 | Jul 10, 2014 1:27:59 AM

  23. Mike, I must say as a black man, you're the kind of narrow minded black guy I avoid. You don't even know the guys dating history in the liberal beacon that is Missouri!

    2cents, he was being honest and he's not dumb. Anyway, they've been through it all and he seems v close to Vito's family, so you may have to wait a while for them to break up..

    Stuart, of course and the context is explained if you read the interview and how other straight interviewers have treated him..

    Carson, who should he play football with? He has just finished a month with the Rams and they have training week in 2 weeks...pres tell what he should be doing? Although this interview was before he was even selected!

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 10, 2014 1:50:39 AM

  24. Mike, a real man like Kerry Rhodes? LMAO.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 10, 2014 1:51:05 AM

  25. Anyway, I hope for his sake judging by the comments here he doesn't think being gay makes you part of a brotherhood!

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 10, 2014 1:52:09 AM

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