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Michael Sam Sits Down with Robin Roberts as He Prepares to Head to Training Camp: VIDEO

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Michael Sam sat down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts this morning as he prepares to head to training camp. Sam spoke with Roberts about being drafted, his emotional speech at the ESPYs, and how he has been preparing for training season.

Sam told Roberts that he has lost 12 pounds: "I'm doing my job. Don't you worry!"

He also spoke briefly about

"I was kind of second-guessing myself, 'Maybe football turned it's back on me.' I was like, 'Maybe I shouldn't have done what I did.' You know? I had so many emotions going in my head. And then I felt a touch over my shoulder and it was Vito, and I was just, I was like, 'I don't care what happens. I know I did the right thing in my heart. And whatever happens, happens. I'm just going to move forward.'"

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Hillary Clinton Sits Down with Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts: VIDEOS

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Hillary Clinton sat down with Robin Roberts to discuss her new book Hard Choices and her interview last night with Diane Sawyer.

Hillary_clintonSawyer asked about her health, her wealth, Monica Lewinsky, and whether she plans to run for President.

Clinton told Roberts that she believes there were "systemic problems" in the State Department that, had they been known about, could have prevented what happened in Benghazi.

Clinton also discussed statements that she made to Sawyer suggesting that she and former President Bill Clinton were "dead broke" when they left the White House. Conservatives have pounced on them, asserting that Clinton is out of touch.

Roberts also asks about Clinton's concussion, her current health, and her relationship with President Obama and ties to his legacy.

In the second part of Roberts' interview, Clinton talks about sexism in the 2008 campaign and her refusal to criticize Sarah Palin, or anyone, for their gender.

Clinton says that she and Bill are together a lot these days and says that she has not pressured Chelsea about what she should name her grandchild.

Clinton also names her favorite Republican and the living person she admires most.

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In Pre-Draft 'GMA' Interview, NFL Hopeful Michael Sam Says He'll Receive the Arthur Ashe Award at ESPYs: VIDEO

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NFL hopeful Michael Sam appeared on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts this morning ahead of the draft, which begins tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall. If all goes well (experts says he'll get picked late, if at all - others call his chances 50-50) he'll emerge as the first active openly gay player in the NFL.

Roberts_samSam sat down (note: he has declined interviews with both ESPN and NFL Network this week) to talk with Roberts about his excitement about the draft, and the reaction to his coming out.

Sam also told Roberts he has heard from other gay players:

"You know, on the night of my announcement - that week I had gotten so many emails, so many text messages, from college and NFL players, and other athletes in the sport industry about how courageous I was. (They) themselves are closeted homosexuals. So yeah, I'm not the only one. There's a lot of us."

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A big announcement was also made - Sam will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs this year on July 16.

The AP writes:

Sam joins a prestigious list of winners ranging from Jim Valvano, the first recipient in 1995, to Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Cathy Freeman, Nelson Mandela and Pat Summitt.

The award, of course, is named for Ashe, the inspirational tennis star who died in 1993 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion. After learning he had the disease, Ashe campaigned to raise awareness about AIDS.

“Arthur always believed in and practiced leading by example,” said Ashe’s widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. “When Michael Sam announced that he is gay, he courageously stepped forward to engage an issue that still remains a pervasive problem in many professional sports. Michael has displayed true leadership both on and off the field.”

In related news, the NFL may have a big PR problem on its hands if Sam doesn't get drafted, according to former player Wade Davis, who spoke with Ken Babb in the Washington Post:

If that happens, Davis said, the perception won't be that it was because of Sam's ability.

"The NFL kind of has no win in this situation," said Davis, who himself came out after his NFL career ended and is now a gay-rights activist. "Because if he doesn't get drafted, it's going to be positioned that he didn't get drafted because he's gay."

...Put simply: The NFL would avoid a major public-relations headache if, at any point this weekend, a team uses a draft pick — seen as perhaps the league's most valuable currency — on Sam, who Davis said wasn't planning to stay in New York for the draft and would instead watch the selection show among friends and family in his native Texas. If he goes undrafted or isn't even signed as a free agent, the NFL's message of progress and preparedness for a gay player becomes a more difficult sell.

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Robin Roberts Talks with Ellen About Coming Out and Her Girlfriend Amber Laign: VIDEO

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Robin Roberts joins Ellen today to talk about her coming out and her girlfriend Amber Laign, who stood by her during her battle with cancer.

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Roberts talks about Laign in a new memoir called Everybody's Got Something:

Roberts and Laign have “been together for nearly a decade,” she reveals in the intimate memoir. “Mutual friends set us up on a blind date. I liked the fact that she had no idea who I was. She rarely followed sports, so she never saw me on ESPN, and her office mates at the time watched a different morning show … ouch!”

Roberts continues, “She’s originally from Northern California and is extremely laid-back, no drama, no fuss. The main thing we have in common is positive energy. She sees the good in everyone.”

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GMA's Robin Roberts on Not Coming Out Sooner: 'Some People Like Their Anonymity'

RobertsIn a new interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, GMA anchor Robin Roberts speaks about her upbringing, her battle with bone marrow disease, and why she waited until December 2013 to finally come out as gay.

Says Roberts: 

News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what's right for me. Love is love, and I'm grateful to have that. Sometimes there's a stigma attached to how people view you if you're living a certain way. But I don't care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can't get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don't go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices.

Roberts has served as GMA anchor since 2005. 


I'm Gay, LGBT: The 57 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013

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Due to four notable December announcements - from an Australian actor, a professional marksman, an Olympic figure skater, and a beloved morning TV show host, we've updated this list to provide a more complete look back at those who decided to come out in 2013. Enjoy.

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"I would like to consider myself a 'whatever,' Maria Bello said this month in a column in the New York Times, revealing that after two relationships with men (one of which produced a child) she had fallen in love with a woman.

Bello's decision to come out while consciously eschewing a label is a sentiment echoed by many of those on this year's list who felt no need to declare themselves L-G-B or T but still found it necessary for some reason, like Hot97 DJ Mister Cee, to declare their "sexual freedom".

The British Olympic diver Tom Daley told UK talk show host Jonathan Ross, "Everything is all pretty new so I don't see any point in putting a label on it - gay, bi, straight, any of those kind of labels. All that I feel happy about at the moment is that I'm dating a guy and couldn't be happier, it shouldn't matter who I'm dating and I hope people can be happy for me."

Actress Michelle Rodriguez echoed that fluidity in a characteristically blunt manner, responding to people who call her a "lesbo":  "Eh, they're not too far off. I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f---ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks."

High school senior Jacob Rudolph went another route, adopting all the labels. He told his high school class, in a video that went viral: "I've been acting every single day of my life. You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not. Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of 'straight' Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT."

RudolphRudolph later told Thomas Roberts: "I intended to come out as an LGBT and not say bisexual or gay or straight because I feel like those are the labels of the past. Especially in modern times when people are really questioning who they like and what they like I think that saying 'I'm bisexual', it could change in the future, I could be exclusively for one sex or another. So I think that putting it in a more general term like LGBT is extraordinarily appropriate even though I'm not a lesbian or a transgender."

But while the eschewing of labels is a major trend this year, there are still plenty of people happy to declare, "I'm gay" — though fewer are doing it on the front covers of magazines and many more are using more subtle forms of delivery, like the mention of a "husband" or "partner' buried in the third page of a magazine profile, or by posting an Instagram photo with a significant other.

One thing is certain. The act of coming out in 2013 remains as powerful as ever. Though tolerance, acceptance and equality have made great strides this year, there are still many pockets of the U.S., and certainly many countries abroad where LGBT people are forced to hide because being open about their sexuality would threaten their lives and their livelihoods.

Though coming out might be greeted more and more with comments like "yawn", "No disrespect intended, but DUH!", or "who cares?" from the social media peanut gallery, we should applaud the trolls in these cases, because they're one more example that progress is being made.

Who had the 52 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013 (so far)?

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