Jason Collins is gay. The NBA player’s coming out has certainly sent shockwaves around the world. While there are a number of homophobes that have hit the airwaves and forums, very few seem to be making their voices all that known. Still, Collins has a lot of supporters.
For instance, Anthony Martinez, the Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda, stated “This is obviously an historic moment and Jason Collins’ brave act will forever change the landscape of professional sports. His coming out story is a sign of the acceptance we are seeing in every part of society. We all know there are other gay athletes in professional sports who feel they have to hide in the closet, but I hope this will inspire other players to come out and live life authentically.”
TCRA is an Illinois-based LGBT rights group.
Kobe Bryant, a fellow NBA star, tweeted “Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU”
Collins even got some support from a former President. Bill Clinton tweeted “I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend.”
He went on to say that “I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea’s classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason’s announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities. For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason’s colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned.”
The White House also had something to say with Press Secretary Jay Carney saying “I can certainly tell you that here at the White House we view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country and commend him for his courage and support him in his, in this effort and hope that his fans and his team support him going forward.”