Michael Sam And The State Of Gay Acceptance In The Midwest

May 19, 2014

Ten years ago, the people of Missouri overwhelmingly voted to change the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Last week, when openly gay football player Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, in Missouri, the outcry condemning Sam's lifestyle stood in stark contrast to an overwhelming outpouring of support. And back in February, when Sam made a public announcement declaring his sexual orientation, a small handful of protestors was met by a huge crowd of Mizzou fans and Sam supporters.

On Monday's Central Standard, we examined whether the conversation about gay rights and gay acceptance has shifted here in the heartland in recent years.


  • Tom Poe, professor of communications at UMKC and advocate in LGBT issues for 35 years
  • Victor Wishna, Sports Commentator for KCUR