Michael Sam getting drafted on Saturday inspired gays everywhere. Even Georgia Equality, which took the historic event as a way to point out that Sam's new NFL workplace doesn't discriminate but scores of states, including Georgia, still do.
Just hours after Sam got the call from the St. Louis Rams, and locked lips with boyfriend Vito Cammisano on national television, Georgia Equality rallied supporters with an email urging them to sign an online petition calling for workplace protections for LGBT employees.
Michael Sam just became the NFL's first openly gay professional football player. The league doesn't discriminate – the only thing that matters is whether you can play.
But that’s not the case in 29 states where no matter how talented you are you can still be fired just because you're gay (and in 32 states, you can still be fired just because you're transgender).
In Georgia, efforts to pass even a bill protecting gay state workers stalled. Can Georgia be more like the NFL? Georgia Equality hopes so.