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Michael Sam: 'If I Had It My Way, I Never Would Have [Come Out] The Way I Did' — VIDEO

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Earlier this week, we reported that NFL free agent Michael Sam had scored the cover of GQ after being named one of its 'Men of the Year'.

Cover_samThe magazine has slowly been rolling out profiles of the men they picked, and Sam offers up some thoughts on the whirlwind of events that went down this year, including being drafted by the St. Louis Rams and then picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, and his coming out.

Of the latter, Sam says it wouldn't have been the way he would have preferred it, but he knew it had to happen:

If I had it my way, I never would have done it the way I did, never would have told it the way I did.

I would have done the same thing I did at Mizzou. Which was to tell my team and my coaches and leave it at that. But since I did tell my team, word got out.… People think the word didn't get out. It did. Or it did and it didn't. They kept it confined within our family. But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and it got out. If I didn't have the year I did, nobody would have cared. But I did have that year. And a lot of people knew. Someone was gonna ask me, "I heard you told your team a secret.…" Well, I was comfortable with who I was, and I wouldn't have denied it. And then I wouldn't have been able to control the story. But I have no regrets. Some people can argue that I had the potential to go higher in the draft. But I think everything happens for a reason. It looks good to see me in the position I'm in now, because I can show the world how good I am and rise up the ranks. I'm at the bottom now. I can rise up, show I'm a football player. Not anything else. Just a football player.

Sam also gives a brief video interview and talks about the draft and how he's glad he never has to do it again.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Brangelina, Bill Cosby, Gay Rugby World Cup, Beyonce

Road The New York Times looks at the "legal golden ratio" that may play a role in a SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage. “Historically, there seems to be a tipping point at which the justices seem more comfortable setting aside state practices...When only a third of the states still retain a practice, the court seems ready to act.”

Star warsRoad Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had a big ol' balcony fight in Australia over the weekend. 

Road Find out when the new Star Wars trailer is set to debut

Road Three LGBT advocates were arrested Saturday night at a Equality NC Foundation event after an altercation broke out between gay marriage supporters and a dozen Christian protesters at the scene. 

Road Taylor Swift brought the crazy/fun with her performance of "Blank Space" at last night's American Music Awards. 

Road Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to get the Senate working on Fridays again

WestRoad The New York Daily News has an exclusive on Jonathan Jesensky, a new FDNY firefighter who previously starred in at least 10 gay adult films. 

Road Lance Bass speaks to ABC News about his upcoming televised marriage to Michael Turchin and the work that still needs to be done to help secure LGBT rights in places like his homestate of Mississippi. "It's just all about educating," he said. "That's all we can do, just start the dialogue and get people talking. Once people learn about this subject and LGBT, it changes people's mind for the better. It's not like when people learn about this subject, they go deeper into believing this [stuff]."

Road The Ferguson grand jury has reportedly reached a decision in the Darren Wilson indictment.

Road Openly gay teen science prodigy Jack Andraka has a great op-ed over at The Advocate - "How Gay Genius Alan Turing Got Me Through Middle School" 

BeauchampRoad Male model Monday: Danny Beauchamp.

Road The list of Bill Cosby accusers continues to grow.

Road 5 reasons why Katy Perry was the obvious chioice for Super Bowl halftime performer. 

Road Nashville's gay rugby team the Nashville Grizzlies have won the bid to host the 2016 world cup of gay rugby. 

Road Queen Bey dropped the "Platinum Edition" of her self-titled album today with new songs and remixes. Check out the Spotify stream here.


25 Famous Men Who Brought Muscles, Mustaches, and More to Instagram This Week — PHOTOS

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Scissor Sister Jake Shears and his dog needed some scissors, and Looking's Raul Castillo hung 10 outside of San Francisco with 'Looking' creator Michael Lannan and actor John Johnson.

Murray Bartlett, Joe Manganiello, Russell Tovey, Jonathan Groff, Matthew Camp, Aaron Schock, Alex Minsky, Dan Osborne, Robbie Rogers, Frankie J Grande, Derek Theler, Harry Shum Jr, Chris Salvatore, Michael Sam, Brad Goreski, Nick Jonas, Harry Judd, Tom Daley, Tim Schou, Daniel Franzese, Steve Grand, Ronnie Kroell, and Ty Herndon brought their game to Instagram this week.

Find out which GOP politician was spending time with a dance music diva, who was getting drunk on grape juice, and how many mustaches were being rocked for Movember,
AFTER THE JUMP...

Surfs up. At Ocean Beach with @michaellannan and John Johnson this morning. Good times

A photo posted by Raúl Castillo (@officialraulcastillo) on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:24pm PST

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Gay Freshman Diver Alex Obendorf Comes Out at West Virginia University, Qualifies For NCAA Postseason

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As a senior in high school, Alex Obendorf (above) suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car wreck that left him out of diving for nine months.  

Perhaps that difficult experience explains why Obendorf is undaunted by the idea of being openly gay as a freshman athlete on a relatively conservative college campus. 

Obendorf2Obendorf, who attends West Virginia University, quietly came out publicly this weekend in the The Missourian, which treated his sexual orientation as a footnote related to his admiration for gay Olympians Matthew Mitcham and Tom Daley: 

“I like their form and everything,” Obendorf said. “I’m pretty proud of them because I know that it’s a hard thing to open up about, especially to the public as an Olympian. I am openly gay. I know where they come from.”

The Missourian reports that Obendorf became the first male WVU diver to qualify for the NCAA postseason this year, by finishing fourth in the 3-meter springboard at this weekend's Mizzou Invitational.

Obendorf was a two-time All-American at his high school in Ohio, but he missed his senior season after the car wreck in August 2013.

He was initially diagnosed with a concussion, but realized the injury was more serious when he tried to return to diving and the symptoms reappeared. 

He didn't get back on the board permanently until May, which left him nervous about how he'd perform after joining the WVU team in August. But so far, things seem to be going pretty well, and now that he's qualified for the postseason, his coach is pushing him to make the NCAA Championships. 

Although he just came out in the media this weekend, Obendorf has been open about his sexual orientation on Facebook since at least August.

And guess what? He's single. 

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[h/t Outsports]


Ugandan Lawmaker Wants to Pass New, Harsher Anti-gay Bill as 'Christmas Gift' to Nation

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A Ugandan lawmaker who helped draft the country's revised anti-gay law is hoping to have the bill passed this year as a "Christmas gift" for Ugandans, Reunters reports:

Abdu Latif Ssebagala, a member of a parliamentary committee formed in September to draft a new version, said it had finished the bill and was ready to present it to parliament for debate.

"The draft is ready and we have strengthened the law, especially in areas of promotion and luring children. Next week we expect to meet the speaker to fix a date for the re-tabling to parliament," he told Reuters.

Ssebagala said the committee wanted it passed within weeks so that Ugandans "can celebrate it as a Christmas gift".

We previously reported on why the new anti-gay bill is in many ways worse than last year's law that was invalidated because of legal technicalities. In addition to Uganda's gay community, there are widespread fears the new bill will also target newspapers, human rights groups, and even landlords who do business with the LGBT community. 

In an editorial published last month in Uganda's leading newspaper, president Yoweri Museveni warned that the country would be devastated by trade boycotts should lawmakers pursue additional anti-gay legislation. 


Idaho Republican Party Toe-Taps Larry Craig to Serve as Finance Chair: VIDEO

CraigThe Idaho Republican Party has hired former U.S. Senator Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee, the Associated Press reports.

The news is somewhat surprising, considering Craig was ordered last month to pay the U.S. treasury almost $250,000 for improper use of campaign funds defending his infamous 2007 Minneapolis airport restroom cruising. 

No word yet on whether the job offer was communicated to Craig via a game of bathroom footsie. 

Check out the The Washington Post's recreation of the stall incident, filmed at the actual scene of the "crime", AFTER THE JUMP...

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