Jason Collins
Read the latest news about Jason Collins, the basketball player who came out in an issue of Sports Illustrated in 2013. Because of this, Jason Collins became the first active male professional athlete in North America to be open about his sexuality. Since his coming out, the NBA center has supported and been a speaker for a variety of LGBT organizations, including The Trevor Project. He later revealed this jersey number, 98, is a nod to the year of Matthew Shepard’s murder, which also holds a special place for the youth advocacy organization.
Jason Collins on Continuing the Dialogue of Inclusion
October 28 2014 11:55 AM ET

Jason Collins on Continuing the Dialogue of Inclusion

Annie Hollenbeck

As the NBA season starts back up, Jason Collins says it's time to instill confidence in the next generation of LGBT leaders.

WATCH: Travis Wall Brings Same-Sex Couples to 'So You Think You Can Dance'
August 30 2014 12:14 PM ET

WATCH: Travis Wall Proves Same-Sex Couples Can Dance

Lucas Grindley

The piece is believed to be the first featuring same-sex partner dancing on the Fox dance competition.

Jason Collins Is Proud to Play Because It Got Better
June 04 2014 6:01 PM ET

Jason Collins Is Proud to Play Because It Got Better

Michelle Garcia

Collins, Robbie Rogers, Brittney Griner, and dozens of other athletes show their pride this month.

NBA's Jason Collins Makes Time's 'Most Influential' List
April 24 2014 1:47 PM ET

NBA's Jason Collins Makes Time's 'Most Influential' List

Ran Aubrey Frazier

Gay NBA player Jason Collins was named one of the "most influential" people in the world by Time, nabbing an inside cover of the magazine.

AP Corrects Itself for Calling Nets Jerseys 'Gay'
March 23 2014 5:17 PM ET

AP Corrects Itself for Calling Nets Jerseys 'Gay'

Lucas Grindley

One letter makes a big difference in this case.

Antigay Language Hurled At Collins On The Court
March 21 2014 11:31 AM ET

Antigay Language Hurled at Collins on the Court

Michelle Garcia

Collins says a "knucklehead" used defamatory language against him during a game.

Jason Collins Will Remain With Brooklyn Nets
March 12 2014 1:43 PM ET

Jason Collins Will Remain With Brooklyn Nets

Michelle Garcia

Brooklyn's NBA team will keep Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, after signing him in February to a short-term contract.

Jason Collins Meets Matthew Shepard's Family
February 28 2014 3:58 PM ET

Jason Collins Meets Matthew Shepard's Family

Michelle Garcia

Collins, who was worn a number 98 jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard, met the college student's family Thursday.

Jason Collins Just Wants to Play Basketball
February 28 2014 7:00 AM ET

Jason Collins Just Wants to Play Basketball

Michelle Garcia

He knows he's the first out gay player in the NBA, but Jason Collins simply wants to do his job: making fouls and blocking plays.

Jason Collins's no. 98 Jersey Biggest Seller on NBA Website
February 26 2014 2:39 PM ET

Jason Collins's Jersey Biggest Seller on NBA Website

Jase Peeples

The history-making athlete's number 98 Nets jersey is currently the top seller on NBA.com.

Jason Collins to Wear No. 98 in Honor of Matthew Shepard
February 25 2014 5:46 PM ET

Jason Collins to Wear No. 98 in Honor of Matthew Shepard

Jase Peeples

The first out active NBA player will wear number 98 with the Nets as tribute to Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder in 1998 fueled the adoption of hate-crime laws.

Jason Collins Makes First NBA Appearance Since Coming Out
February 24 2014 3:29 AM ET

Jason Collins Makes First NBA Appearance Since Coming Out

Trudy Ring

Collins played 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets against the Los Angeles Lakers and was greeted warmly by fans.

Report: Jason Collins to Sign With Nets
February 23 2014 3:16 PM ET February 24 2014 12:25 PM ET

Jason Collins Signs With Nets, Making History

Trudy Ring

Collins, who came out in April, reportedly signed a contract with the Brooklyn team today, making him available to play against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.

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