JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Michael Sam, the former Mizzou Tiger, St. Louis Ram draft pick and the first openly gay football player in NFL history will be the featured speaker at Equality Day on Wednesday, April 20, at the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City.

Organized by PROMO, Missouri's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, Equality Day is expected to draw hundreds to the State Capitol to lobby their legislators on LGBTQIA+ issues.

Sam will be the featured speaker at the rally, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Supporters of the LGBT community will meet with and urge elected officials to support legislation protecting LGBT Missourians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Those attending will also urge legislators to stop anti-LGBT legislation including SJR 39.

There is a possibility that a vote on SJR 39 could happen in the Emerging Issues Committee in the House this evening, April 18, upon adjournment.

Under the Missouri Human Rights Act, the term "employer" is defined to exclude corporations and associations owned and operated and operated by religious or sectarian groups. This act removes that exclusion and instead excludes any house of worship or other religious organization.