In the first interview with his family since his coming out, NBA player Jason Collins will be speaking with Oprah on a special episode of Oprah's Next Chapter airing Sunday, May 5 at 8:00pm ET/PT on OWN. Collins made history this week when he became the first out gay active male pro athlete in America's major leagues. Check out a first look at the episode below:
Collins will be joined on Oprah's Last Chapter by his twin brother Jarron Collins, a former NBA player, his parents Portia and Paul Collins, sister-in-law Elsa Collins and his aunt Teri Jackson, a Superior Court judge in San Francisco and the first family member Jason came out to.
"'Courage' and 'inspiration' are words that get thrown around a lot in sports, but Jason Collins has given both ideas a brand new context," said Aaron McQuade, head of GLAAD's sports program. "We hope that his future team will welcome him, and that fans of the NBA and sports in general will applaud him. We know that the NBA will proudly support him, and that countless young LGBT Athletes now have a new hero."
Last year, GLAAD teamed up with Athlete Ally to provide a training on LGBT issues to the NBA rookie camps. The NBA has also participated in GLAAD's Spirit Day for two years, turning the league's twitter photo purple as a symbol of support for LGBT young people and to take a stand against bullying.
Don't miss Jason Collins and his family on Oprah's Next Chapter on Sunday, May 5 at 8:00pm ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.