Jason Collinsis taking a stand and paving the way for gay professional athletes
The NBA center has come out as a gay man—the first active professional major team athlete to do so—in an article he penned for Sports Illustrated where he openly discusses his sexuality and reveals why he waited before opening up to the public.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black and I'm gay," the 12-year NBA player begins. "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. 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."