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Jason Collins Marches in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade

BOSTON— NBA veteran Jason Collins has marched in Boston’s gay pride parade with Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III, his onetime roommate at Stanford University.

Collins wore a T-shirt that read (hash)BeTrue when he joined thousands of marchers Saturday.

NBA veteran Jason Collins marched in Boston’s gay pride parade. (AP Photo)

In April, Collins became the first active player in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He wrote in an article for Sports Illustrated that the decision to go public came when Kennedy marched in last year’s parade and Collins didn’t feel that he could join him.

Deveney: Collins supported by gay-tolerant NBA Stern worked to create

Collins also said the Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that things can change in an instant, so he might as well live truthfully.

Collins played for six teams in 12 seasons and becomes a free agent next month.

article via sportingnews.com

Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay NBA player

NBA center Jason Collins has become the first athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay during his playing career.  In a personal essay set to publish in Sports Illustrated, Collins begins, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” he continues. “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.”

Previously, Collins wore No. 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard, a student at Wyoming who was tortured and murdered just outside of Laramie, Wyo., in October of 1998. During the trial, reports indicated that Sheppard was targeted because he was a gay man.

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