“I’m really looking forward to the end of firsts,” said Washington Post writer Ruth Marcus on MSNBC. She may not be the only one. Years after Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova — and exactly one year after Vice President Joe Biden said he backed gay marriage, here comes the first openly gay player in a team sport. Somehow the news feels a bit dated.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” wrote Collins in Sports Illustrated. “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. My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons,” Collins wrote in the May 6, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated. see the entire article here