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Out & proud: Jason Collins comes out as first active NBA player

On Monday, April 29th, 2013

Jason-Collins-is-gay_-Image-via-@SInowWhile most in the professional sports world set their attention on an NFL player possibly coming out as the first active gay player, it is a player from the NBA who has come out. According to SI.com on Monday, Jason Collins, who last played with the Washington Wizards, has come out as gay.

The 34-year-old center has played 14 seasons in the NBA and spent the first half of the 2012-13 seasons playing for the Boston Celtics. In a story which will appear in the May 6, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, Collins writes:

“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different,” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Collins admits that he has struggled with his sexuality for many years and even spent a period of his life on the down low which engaged to a woman. He says he didn’t come out sooner because he was loyal to his teammates, but now, being a free agent, he is able to share his voice.

He talks about coming out to his family which includes his twin brother, Jerron, who tweeted his support on Monday morning.  READ More

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