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The first active gay pro NBA player Collins is joined by Misty Copeland, Alonzo H. Mourning, Jr.; Rachael Ray; and Robert Thomas Shepardson.
The NBA announced that starting April 4th until April 22nd, Jason Collins' jersey will be put on auction to support GLSEN and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
From a standing ovation in L.A. to fans chanting his name in Brooklyn, Jason Collins received an incredible amount of support from the basketball community as the first openly out NBA player. But despite the fact that the majority of the community encouraged his bravery to publicly come out, Collins experienced some negative comments.
During his first contract with the Brooklyn Nets, Collins stepped out onto the court making history. He received a warm welcomed as the fans applauded the player.
Months after going public about their sexuality, major league and pro athletes have found their careers heading in different directions.
In a Sports Illustrated article published online on Monday, 12-year NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first out gay active male pro athlete in the history of America's major leagues.
NBA power forward Kenneth Faried received the NBA's 'Kia Community Assist Award' in February for his continuing efforts to advance equality, inclusion, and respect.
NBA star Kenneth Faried joins Athlete Ally to promote the importance of professional athletes being allies to the LGBT community.
NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant told a fan on twitter that he shouldn't try to insult someone by calling them 'gay' - a language lesson he learned after calling a referee an anti-gay slur in 2011.