“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. 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. My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.”
Jason Collins (born Jason Paul Collins in Los Angeles, California on December 2, 1978) is an American professional basketball center with the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Stanford University, where he was an All-American in 2000–01 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on March 15, 2000. He finished his college career ranked #1 in Stanford history for field goal percentage He came out as the first openly gay athlete who was an active player in one of the the four North American major sports leagues (hockey, football, basketball, and baseball).
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Jason Collins is best known for being the first openly gay athlete in professional sports.
Jason is gay.