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Stories that show how athletes, teams, leagues, and journalists who cover the world of sports are dealing with LGBT-related issues

Gay Athlete Says Jason Collins' Coming Out Will Save Lives

NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay in Sports Illustrated this week. Reaction to his announcement has been largely positive. Melissa Block speaks with former tennis great Martina Navratilova about Collin's decision to come out, and Navratilova's own experience after she came out over 30 years ago.

National Public Radio
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May 1, 2013
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COMMENTARY: Men in Uniform

NBA player Jason Collins’ declaration that he’s gay has been followed, thankfully, by supportive messages from peers like Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, and Tony Parker.

Slate
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April 30, 2013
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Gay ESPN Host Reflects on NBA Player Coming Out

Jared Max almost missed the phone call he’d been waiting for. The co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Maxed Out,” was just getting settled for his mid-morning nap when his brother called asking if he’d heard the news.

ABC News
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April 30, 2013
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NBA's Jason Collins first-ever active American male pro athlete to come out

I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.

Sports Illustrated
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April 29, 2013
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