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February 25, 2014

'We were very touched. For him to make that tribute to Matt was meaningful to us'

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will continue to wear '98' to honor Matthew Shepard.

The out college student was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

Collins, a 12-year National Basketball Association veteran, came out last spring in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

February 22, 2014

The Los Angeles Clippers have also shown interest in Collins, a 13-year NBA veteran

According to multiple reports Jason Collins, the 13-year National Basketball Association veteran who came out last spring, could end up on a team soon.

The 35-year-old worked out for the Brooklyn Nets and, according to Sports Illustrated, the team has a 'strong consideration' to offer him a 10-day contract.

February 13, 2014

ABC sportscaster Dale Hansen has delivered a stirring monologue criticizing NFL officials who’ve said that Michael Sam’s coming out will affect his desirability as a player – noting that it was only a few decades ago that black players were controversial for the NFL

Veteran ABC sports caster Dale Hansen has slammed critics of college gridiron player Michael Sam’s decision to come out, saying no team should be resistant to hiring such a talented player – and noting how many top professional players had serious criminal charges leveled against them without damaging their careers.

February 11, 2014

Cover states that 'America is ready for Michael Sam' but also asks: 'Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?'

Michael Sam's sudden rise to fame continued today when Sports Illustrated released an image of its next cover.

It features the University of Missouri star, who came out publicly as a gay man on Sunday (9 February) and has put the conversation about gays in pro football on the front burnerr.

February 11, 2014

Cover states that 'America is ready for Michael Sam' but also asks: 'Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?'

Michael Sam's sudden rise to fame continued today when Sports Illustrated released an image of its next cover.

It features the University of Missouri star, who came out publicly as a gay man on Sunday (9 February) and has put the conversation about gays in pro football on the front burnerr.

January 27, 2014

The openly gay US former basketball star Jason Collins will be among the First Lady's guests at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech, leading some to believe the president will highlight his campaign's successes with regards to LGBTI rights

Gay US basketball star Jason Collins, 35, is one of the guests selected to sit with Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on 28 January.

Collins made history as the first male athlete to come out as gay while playing for a major US team sport in April 2013.

December 24, 2013

Some want snow, some want sunshine - all want family

Cheyenne Jackson has had plenty of snow on Christmas. So this year, the Tony Award nominated star is hoping for plenty of sunshine.

'I just moved to LA so I'll be spending it with my family in Laguna Beach,' Jackson tells Gay Star News. 'It will be my first time without snow - I'm excited. Me and my boyfriend are going to go out there.'

It's Jackson's first Christmas with new boyfriend, actor Jason Landau. He split from husband Monte Lapka this summer after less than two years of marriage and a decade together.

November 11, 2013

Tells GSN: 'I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life'

This is the first fall in more than a decade that Jason C0llins has not been on the roster of an NBA team.

But no need to feel sorry for him.

'Whatever your situation you try to have a positive outlook on so everything is a blessing. I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life,' Collins told Gay Star News over the weekend.

'Life is good.'

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 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.

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.

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 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

Jarron Collins recounts how he now is mistaken for his identical brother, out National Basketball Association athlete Jason

Ever since Jason Collins announced he was a professional basketball player who happens to be gay, his identical brother has had to explain, to some, they have the wrong man.

May 4, 2013

Parents said they were surprised when son came out to them last summer

Sports Illustrated may have landed Jason Collins for his coming out story but it is Oprah Winfrey who managed to get his family together for a joint interview.

Winfrey's chat with the first openly gay active player in NBA history, his parents, twin brother, sister-in-law and aunt for Oprah's Next Chapter which will air Sunday (5 May) on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Winfrey asked parents Paul and Portia Collins if when their son came out to them last summer if there was 'a releasing of the dream ... of who he would be walking down the aisle with.'

May 2, 2013

Now NBA giant Jason Collins has come out as gay, Reverend Irene Monroe looks at what it will mean for sports fans and gay African Americans

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment – a gay athlete currently playing in a major league to come out publicly. What you may not know is that the subtext is that it was hoped the moment would star an African American male.

The African American community, let alone the sports world, desperately needed an openly gay, current, male, professional player.

May 2, 2013

Tennis legend came out as a lesbian 33 years ago while at the peak of her career

Since no other male professional athlete in the US had come out during their playing careers, NBA player Jason Collins had to look back at a female superstar who did it 33 years ago.

That is Martina Navratilova who in 1981 came out publicly at the age of 23. She had two Wimbledon singles crown to her credit at the time and would go on to win 16 more grand slam singles titles as an openly gay athlete.

April 30, 2013

'I was happy that our society gave him such a positive response'

It turns out that Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the US national team who most recently played in England, was a bit of a warm-up act for the NBA's Jason Collins.

Collins came out publicly as a gay man on Monday (29 April) in a Sports Illustrated cover story and will be interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday.

April 29, 2013

Basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete to continue playing professionally in a major US team sport

Basketball player Jason Collins has come out as gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major US team sport.

The seven foot tall 34-year-old, who plays center for the Washington Wizards, has come out in an article for Sports Illustrated.

He said: ‘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.

April 19, 2013

The star of women’s basketball in America has come out as gay

Basketball superstar Brittney Griner has decided to acknoweledge her sexuality for the first time in public.

In a group interview with Sports Illustrated yesterday (18 April), the 22-year-old discussed her sexuality and her ambition to help younger members of the LGBT community. 

She said: ‘If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s ok, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.’

During the interview the 6’8 pro-basketball player voiced her personal advice to young fans.

April 16, 2013

Javier Pagan is Boston Police Department’s liaison to the LGBT community

Among those who rushed to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday (15 April) was Javier Pagan, the Boston Police Department’s liaison to the LGBT community.

Pagan is one of three officers captured by Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki running toward 78-year-old marathoner Bill Iffrig who is lying on the ground.

The photo has quickly become one of the most iconic images from the attack and is the cover of the next issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. Pagan is one of three officers in the shot and is standing on the left.

January 30, 2013

A picture taken at a gay bar in San Francisco was featured in Sports Illustrated, a mag read by 23 million Americans

While the stereotype of American football fans may be loud, homophobic, jock-ish types, Sports Illustrated gave gay fans something to smile about.

Readers of the long-running US magazine saw a more diverse representation of San Francisco 49er fans in the Super Bowl preview issue this week.

The sports magazine, which has an annual ‘swimsuit’ issue, includes a picture taken at ‘Hi Tops’, a new gay sports bar in San Francisco.

January 30, 2013

A picture taken at a gay bar in San Francisco was featured in Sports Illustrated, a mag read by 23 million Americans

While the stereotype of American football fans may be loud, homophobic, jock-ish types, Sports Illustrated gave gay fans something to smile about.

Readers of the long-running US magazine saw a more diverse representation of San Francisco 49er fans in the Super Bowl preview issue this week.

The sports magazine, which has an annual ‘swimsuit’ issue, includes a picture taken at ‘Hi Tops’, a new gay sports bar in San Francisco.