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34-year-old NBA center Jason Collins is the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. He recently came out of the closet in a Sports Illustrated article, which hits stores May 6th.

“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.” – Jason Collins

Collins, who used to be a member of the Nets formally of New Jersey, the Wizards, and a host of other temas, is now a free agent looking for a job.  His twin brother Jarron Collins says he’s super proud of his brother for taking such a big step forward for Gay athletes all over the world.

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