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Former Celtic Jason Collins comes out to the world

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

This is a big moment in sports. This is the first time an active professional athlete in any of the four major professional sports has announced his homosexuality. Former players have after their playing days, but Collins couldn't hold it back anymore. He came out in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black and I’m gay”

“I realized I needed to go public when Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade.  I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy,” Collins explains. “I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “me, too.”

This is a big moment, and others who may face the same issue that Collins has can use his bravery to do the same. I hope Collins inspires others to be comfortable with themselves. I'm proud of a guy who can be determined to change things. My opinion on this matter is simple. Jason can love who he wants, and it doesn't hurt me, or anyone for that matter can love who they want. I'm happy for people who have found happiness with whoever they want.

"No one wants to live in fear. I've always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don't sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret."

Nobody deserves to live that way, and thankfully he's being true to himself, and I'm sure he feels much better.

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Reply Morena
2:09 PM on April 29, 2013 
I really admire his strength.
As you said, Shawn, I hope this can inspire people to feel better about themselves.
I'm glad he can sleep soundly at night!!
Reply paul
12:10 AM on April 30, 2013 
It's brave of him to do this, and it will help others. So much pain has been inflicted on people because they don't love those they are supposed to love, and it goes beyond homosexuality.