After spending nights gazing at the stars and taking walks in the forest, Noah and Brian both stubbornly admit that they love each other. However, Brian becomes worried that his teammates and student body will never treat him the same way. Brian says to Noah “It’d be the end. Of everything. My athletic scholarship at Forrester…” (Nelson, 273). Brian makes Noah promise to not tell anyone his secret, he is convinced it would ruin his life. However, as the book progresses, it becomes known that Brian became a hero in his town after coming out in front of his peers at a pep rally. Likewise, Michael Sam admits to having a hard admitting he was gay to his teammates. As a top NFL prospect he said, “It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL” (Ellis). After telling the world he was openly gay, Sam went on to win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2014 for his courageous announcement (Huguenin). Both Brian and Michael Sam learned to be true to themselves, despite other’s opinions.
In conclusion, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson relates to today’s world movement of major league athletes becoming openly gay. Specifically, the character Brian in I’ll Give You the Sun connects to Michael Sam becoming the first gay All-American college football