The pro sports world was rocked yesterday when Washington Wizards center Jason Collins announced in Sports Illustrated that he was gay — a rare act in an industry where athletes have never come out while playing for a U.S. team sport. The news sparked a wave of support, but hesitation from others. Ellen DeGeneres, however, who has been openly gay since the late 90s, understood the announcement's importance and took to her show's opening monologue to "applaud" and "congratulate" the first...Read Full Story
Jason Collins, an NBA star who is currently a free agent, just became the first openly gay athlete on a major US sports team. He came out in a cover story for Sports Illustrated. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," he wrote in the piece. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."Collins also wrote about deciding to come out: "I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout...Read Full Story
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