Jason Collins Becomes League’s First Openly Gay Athlete
Jason Collins, a center who has played for the New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, and Washington Wizards, has come out as gay, making him the first openly gay male athlete in major league sports.
In his editorial in Sports Illustrated, he says:
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
Collins said that he was prompted to go public with his sexuality after his former roommate– now MA congressman– Joe Kennedy told him he marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. Collins continued: “Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?”
Though not free from receiving ignorant comments, so far Collins has gained a significant amount of support from his peers.
Read Collins’ full editorial here.
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