Hollywood is showing its support for NBA player
Jason Collins after he came out as a gay man on the cover of today. Sports Illustrated
The first active professional athlete from a major North American sport said in the article, "I'm black and I'm gay."
Celebrities have taken to Twitter to stand by Collins and commend him on his bravery.
NEWS: Magic Johnson's son opens up about being gay : Hey @JasonCollins34 Inspired by your courage and leadership. Kathy Griffin : Same! RT @diablocody Congrats, Jason Collins, and thank you! Katy Perry : Thank you Jason Collins—for being the first one—knocking down doors!!! Rosie O'Donnell : Bravo, @JasonCollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that's saying a lot. Neil Patrick Harris : @NBA center @JasonCollins34 is the 1st player on a US major team. I'm overwhelmed by your bravery, Jason, & sending so much love Ellen DeGeneres
: @JasonCollins34 is my new favorite person Jesse Tyler Ferguson
NEWS: What did Magic Johnson say after his son came out of the closet? : Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal Dwayne Johnson : I'm so impressed with @JasonCollins34 eloquence & bravery. I hope this inspires others who may be struggling. Busy Phillips : I dunno who you are Jason Collins but I am extremely proud of you if that means anything. Christine Teigen : Congrats @JasonCollins34!! Giant leap for sportsMdash;and the conversation continues! Lance Bass : Proud of @JasonCollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU Kobe Bryant : The time has come. Maximum respect. Steve Nash : I'm proud to call Jason Collins a friend. Bill Clinton
Collins' most recent team also released an official statement via
Twitter saluting the player.
"We are extremely proud of Jason & support his decision to live his life proudly and openly."
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