by Royce Blogger-cbssportsline.com
I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.
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
via NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay - The Magazine - SI.com.
And with that, the first active NBA player to come out has revealed his sexuality in an interview with Sports Illustrated. In 2007, retired journeyman John Amaechi revealed he was gay and has since become an advocate for sexual equality in sports.
Collins, a free agent, appeared in 32 games this season for the Celtics before being traded at the deadline along with Leandro Barbosa for guard Jordan Crawford. He averaged one point and one rebound this season.