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March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

March 17, 2014

'I don't think a gay golfer is going to be that big of a deal. It's not going to affect my life in any way, shape or form'

With courageous athletes like Michael Sam (NFL prospect), Jason Collins (NBA) and Robbie Rogers (MLS) coming out as gay in the past year, it seems like only a matter of time when other major leagues also have openly gay male pros.

What about golf?

So far, the Professional Golf Association has never had someone come out as gay but straight player Brandt Snedeker knows they are already among him.

February 28, 2014

Judi Shepard describes league's first openly gay player as 'very kind, smart, humble'

The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard met with Jason Collins on Thursday (27 February) after the NBA's first openly gay player played his second game for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins, in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Nets that could be extended, wore a #98 jersey in memory of Shepard who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

February 24, 2014

Has solid performance in first appearance with Brooklyn Nets and later tweets 'What a day!'

Jason Collins' place in sports history is now secure.

After playing for 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Collins became the first active openly gay player in the history of the National Basketball Association.

He entered the game on Sunday (23 February) during the second quarter with minimal fanfare and went on to pick up two rebounds, a steal and five fouls. He did not score.

It was just earlier in the day that Collins, 35, had signed a 10-day contract with the Nets.

February 18, 2014

'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men'

When it comes to LGBTI equality, Charles Barkley has always been a vocal ally.

He supports same-sex marriage and has noted, multiple times, that when it comes to gay athletes all that matters is field performance.

February 11, 2014

Annual event in LA has become one of hottest tickets on the LGBTI calendar and Gay Star News was there

Melissa Etheridge spent so much time on the arrivals line she didn't get into the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios until Darren Criss was almost done performing the opening number.

The singer was one of the last stars to arrive at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday (7 February) - an event that in just a few short years has become one of hottest LGBTI events on the calendar.

January 31, 2014

Gay athlete and Willie Robertson were seated less than 20 feet from each other but 'they were moving him from one Republican to another Republican'

One of the most famous openly gay athletes in the US sat less 20 feet away from the son of one of the most famous anti-gay reality TV personalities in the country during this week's State of the Union address.

But Jason Collins, an NBA veteran, and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame did not get a chance to exchange any words.

'We passed each other in the hall and that was about it,' Collins tells TMZ. 'They were moving him from one Republican to another Republican [for photos].'

November 2, 2013

Charles Barkley isn't certain that Jason Collins can bring enough scoring power to an NBA team

Charles Barkley, Hall of Famer and basketball analyst, doesn't think Jason Collins' sexuality is blocking him from being picked up by an NBA team.

In an interview with the magazine Sports Illustrated, the league's 1993 MVP, argued Collins' declining skills are the reasons he remains unsigned.

October 17, 2013

Move comes ahead of expected ballot measure in Oregon next year

With a 32 word statement, the Portland Trail Blazers made sports history this week.

They became the first National Basketball Association (NBA) team to endorse marriage equality.

The team's move comes ahead of an Oregon ballot measure expected to go before voters next fall that seeks to make gay marriage legal in the state.

The team states: 'The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.'

October 10, 2013

'I feel there are players in the league right now that, quite frankly, I’m better than'

Jason Collins has broken his silence about not yet being signed to an NBA team.

The veteran center, who came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story last spring, does not directly say whether he believes his coming out is playing a role in his not being picked up as a free agent.

'You don’t want to speculate - I don’t go there,' he tells The New York Times.

But he is perplexed.

October 2, 2013

At 34, Collins is a free agent who still hopes to see action

Jason Collins was enthusiastically cheered last weekend by thousands of sports fans for his status as an openly gay pro basketball player.

But the cheers were not coming from the crowd at an NBA game, they were from a baseball crowd at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on a special LGBT night. Collins threw out the first pitch.

While the 34-year-old veteran has been treated like a celebrity since his very public coming out on the cover of Sports Illustrated last April, no NBA team has shown interest in having him join their roster.

August 25, 2013

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mary Lambert will join Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis  on tonight's VMA stage

Basketball player Jason Collins will be on the Video Music Awards' stage tonight.

The first active NBA player to come out gay will introduce Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. According to the site NewNowNext, the hip-hop duo will perform Same Love.

July 11, 2013

A week into the league's summer signing period, free agent Jason Collins remains without a new team

Jason Collins may have made history this spring by becoming the first active NBA player in history to come out as gay but there is a question of whether he will even be active next season.

Collins, 34, had just completed the season playing for the Boston Celtics then the Washington Wizards when his story went public on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was a free agent who had played in only 38 games the entire season.

July 4, 2013

He had made anti-gay remarks when John Amaechi came out

Back in 2007, former NBA player Tim Hardaway made headlines when he made some anti-gay comments after John Amaechi came out publicly as a gay man.

Fast forward six years and Hardaway is a changed man.

The former Miami Heat player was the first signer of a petition proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize same-sex marriage.

There is an effort to put a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage on the ballot in Florida in November 2014.

After Amaech's coming out, Hardaway was quoted as saying 'I hate gay people.'

June 29, 2013

If the Brooklyn Nets offer Jason Collins a contract, he'll return to a team he played for seven years

There are multiple rumors that out NBA center Jason Collins could get a contract with his former team.

From 2001 to 2008, Collins played for the New Jersey Nets. The team, known now as the Brooklyn Nets, has undergone a major roster overhaul and may need the type of veteran presence Collins can offer.

June 9, 2013

Joe Kennedy III joins Jason Collins in the Boston Gay Pride parade

Out NBA center Jason Collins kept a promise he made when he came out of the closet. He marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade.

The 34-year-old athlete walked the route yesterday (8 June) with his roommate from college, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

In his April Sports Illustrated article, Collins described how ashamed he felt about being closeted while Kennedy was participating in the city's 2012 pride parade.

June 7, 2013

NBA player Jason Collins is already most famous gay man - even edging out Elton John

It should come as no surprise that Ellen DeGeneres is by far the most visible lesbian in America, according to the results of a Pew Research Poll released this week.

Her syndicated daytime talk show remains a strong ratings hit after more than a decade on the air five times a week.

But it is a bit a surprise that Jason Collins, an NBA player most people had not heard of until he came out publicly last month, is already the most visible gay man - even more visible than Elton John.

June 2, 2013

Center Roy Hibbert reaches out to Jason Collins on Twitter for the anti-gay comment made after Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Roy Hibbert, center for the NBA's Indiana Pacers, is in hot water for an anti-gay slur used in a press conference yesterday (1 June).

Hibbert's team had jut won Game 6 in their 7-game-series against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. A reporter asked Hibbert, a Georgetown University graduate, about his defense on James during a crucial part of the game.

May 31, 2013

'It’s a new world. Everyone should know that they can be themselves in sports'

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, is the latest high-profile name to join the effort of Athlete Ally.

The group, founded by straight wrestler Hudson Taylor, announced today that Cuban has joined the advisory board of the organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports and in general.

May 31, 2013

Jellen Messersmith, a gay college basketball player has followed in the footsteps of NBA star Jason Collins by coming out

Following NBA star Jason Collins telling the world he is gay in April, a US college basketball player has also come out.

Jallen Messersmith, who plays for Benedict College in Kansas, has made history by becoming the first men’s college basketball player to come out while still playing.

May 28, 2013

Becomes the first WNBA player in history to dunk twice in one game

Brittany Griner made a historic WNBA debut on Monday (27 May) becoming the first player in the pro league's history to make two slam dunks in a single game.

Griner came out publicly as a lesbian in April, a month before Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to come out publicly as gay.

The 22-year-old Griner plays for the Phoenix Mercury and was the number one pick in this year's WNBA draft.

May 27, 2013

'Jason Collins hopefully will get some new endorsements because he’s come out and shown how courageous and brave he is'

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is proud of NBA player Jason Collins for coming out and she hopes he will be able to cash in commercially in a way she was not able to.

'I know Jason Collins hopefully will get some new endorsements because he’s come out and shown how courageous and brave he is,' King tells USA Today.

May 21, 2013

The leading African American DJ and how he dismissed gay, black NBA star Jason Collins which reporting a totally separate black issue – a rape by three athletes

On 1 May Jason Collins, the 7’0” center for the Washington Wizards, and a former Boston Celtics, came out. His statement ‘I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay’ made the cover story for Sports Illustrated.

On 2 May, three Morehouse College basketball athletes were accused of raping an 18-year-old Spelman College student. The story didn’t hit the airwaves in the same way as the Collins story.

Many in the African American community were silent on both incidents because they view both as poxes on the community.

May 18, 2013

The first former NBA player to come out publicly thinks sports leaders should be held more accountable for homophobia in sport

John Amaechi, the first former NBA player to ever come out, had some good and bad things to say about being gay in professional sport.

In an interview with UK-based online radio station Gaydio, Amaechi first gave his opinion on the importance of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a global day of awareness of anti-gay hate.