Michael Sam may not be finding friends in major sports networks like ESPN, but he is receiving some great support from voices that are easily way more influential with a younger generation.
This week at a tour stop in St. Louis, One Direction frontman Harry Styles was sporting a Michael Sam jersey while on stage during a performance at Edward Jones Dome Wednesday, where the St. Louis Rams play.
Styles has easily been the most vocal One Direction member in support of equal rights. In July 2013, he publicly condemned the Westboro Baptist Church, and in September, he chatted with Tyler Oakley about gay fanfic. He is not to be confused with Liam Payne, the 1D member with an affinity for Duck Dynasty and “family values.”
Sam hopped on Twitter yesterday to thank Styles for the support:
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 28, 2014
This makes Styles the second British ally to stand in solidarity with Sam this month. Speaking with Out shortly after Sam started playing in the preseason, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe said “I think it’s fucking awesome…Hopefully Michael Sam’s taking the plunge for everyone who will come after him.”