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    NBA's Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay: Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, Bill Clinton and More React

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    Jason Collins, Sports Illustrated
    Jason Collins, Sports Illustrated

    Hollywood is showing its support for NBA player Jason Collins after he came out as a gay man on the cover of Sports Illustrated today.

    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.

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    Kathy Griffin: Hey @JasonCollins34 Inspired by your courage and leadership.

    Katy Perry: Same! RT @diablocody Congrats, Jason Collins, and thank you!

    Rosie O'Donnell: Thank you Jason Collins—for being the first one—knocking down doors!!!

    Neil Patrick Harris: Bravo, @JasonCollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that's saying a lot.

    Ellen DeGeneres: @NBA center @JasonCollins34 is the 1st player on a US major team. I'm overwhelmed by your bravery, Jason, & sending so much love

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson: @JasonCollins34 is my new favorite person

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    Dwayne Johnson: Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal

    Busy Phillips: I'm so impressed with @JasonCollins34 eloquence & bravery. I hope this inspires others who may be struggling.

    Christine Teigen: I dunno who you are Jason Collins but I am extremely proud of you if that means anything.

    Lance Bass: Congrats @JasonCollins34!! Giant leap for sportsMdash;and the conversation continues!

    Kobe Bryant: Proud of @JasonCollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU

    Steve Nash: The time has come. Maximum respect.

    Bill Clinton: I'm proud to call Jason Collins a friend.

    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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