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Jason Collins First NBA Player To Come Out Of The Closet

Jason Collins who has played for six teams, doesn’t want to be the first player to come out of the closet in the NBA, but he also doesn’t want to keep hiding who he is. For years he tried to pretend he was straight, confessing to dating women just to fit in, and even being engaged once. But a lie is a lie! I rather someone be open and gay than lying and “straight”. Hopefully more men will be honest about their sexuality, and stop pretending to be someone they’re not because they’re scared of what others will say or do.

No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.

Jason Collins Openly Gay

This is just an excerpt, but Jason Collins is very open and honest. He really puts it all out there in a Sport Illustrated exclusive, that’s a must read. Jason also has a twin brother who also played in NBA who is NOT gay. So he talks about his struggles with being different from his twin when it comes to his sexuality, and how he hid it from Jarron until last year:

I didn’t come out to my brother until last summer. His reaction to my breakfast revelation was radically different from Aunt Teri’s. He was downright astounded. He never suspected. So much for twin telepathy. But by dinner that night, he was full of brotherly love. For the first time in our lives, he wanted to step in and protect me. {Read the rest…}

This article is full of moments that will make your eyes water a bit. I don’t care where you stand on sexuality, no one should have to lie so people will love or except them when it invovles their sexuality. NO ONE!!!

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.

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