NBA star Jason Collins marched in Saturday’s Boston Pride Parade. The 12-year basketball veteran marched with Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III.
Collins made news headlines when he came out of the closet publicly only last April through an interview with a renowned sports magazine. He is the only active member of the four major North American professional sports who is openly gay. He is the first male American athlete to do so.
Collins and Kennedy were roommates in Stanford University. After the parade, the congressman tweeted a photo of the two of them, saying marching with his friend is a day he’ll never forget. The pair also marched with Collins’ wife, as well as former Mass. Congressman Barney Frank, who is also openly gay.
Boston’s pride parade had a record number of attendees.
The next thing for the NBA to do is to proactively support full civil rights for the LGBT community, to be able to take part in such events without shame or judgment. This year, Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks also attended his city’s pride parade.