By Sasha Geffen
One Direction‘s Harry Styles just made a big show of support for the first openly gay football player ever to be drafted into the NFL. At the UK group’s August 27 concert in St. Louis, Styles wore Michael Sam’s number 96 football jersey onstage during his performance.
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) August 28, 2014
Sam, 24, made national news this year when the St. Louis Rams picked him for the team in the seventh round of the NFL draft. The young player was with his boyfriend when he got the news on live TV. The celebratory kiss they shared quickly became an iconic image symbolizing the brand new intersection of professional sports and the LGBTQ community.
Styles wore the jersey onstage at the Edward Jones Dome on Wednesday just two days after Sam made it through the first round of NFL roster cuts. The football player soon got word of the singer’s support and tweeted him a quick thank-you.
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 28, 2014
One Direction is currently playing dates on the US leg of its worldwide Where We Are Tour. It’s great to see the boys show love for our local LGBTQ heroes while they’re here!