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 to Wear No. 98 in Honor of Matthew Shepard
February 25 2014 4:46 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 2:29 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 2:16 PM ET February 24 2014 11:25 AM 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.

LGBT Athletes Share Their Stories at United Nations
December 17 2013 2:34 PM ET

LGBT Athletes Share Their Stories at United Nations

Michelle Garcia

A group of athletes spoke at the U.N. about the importance of combating homophobia in sports.

PHOTOS: LGBT Night OUT at Dodger Stadium
October 02 2013 12:42 PM ET

PHOTOS: LGBT Night OUT at Dodger Stadium

Sunnivie Brydum

The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the team's first LGBT Night OUT Friday, celebrating the historic event with appearances by Lance Bass, Billy Bean, and Jason Collins.

With Rainbow Laces, U.K. Soccer Stars to Stand 'Right Behind Gay Footballers'
September 19 2013 5:36 PM ET

With Rainbow Laces, U.K. Soccer Stars to Stand 'Right Behind Gay Footballers'

Sunnivie Brydum

U.K. advocacy group Stonewall launched its new campaign to fight homophobia in sports, called 'Right Behind Gay Footballers.'

Jason Collins, Michelle Obama Have Mutual Admiration Society
May 31 2013 6:29 PM ET

Jason Collins, Michelle Obama Have Mutual Admiration Society

Trudy Ring

The two appeared at an LGBT-focused Democratic fund-raiser this week.

The Story of How Jason Collins Came Out to His Twin Brother
May 16 2013 9:47 AM ET

WATCH: How Jason Collins Came Out to His Twin Brother

Lucas Grindley

The two brothers joined Jimmy Kimmel for a lighthearted interview.

Majority of Americans Support Jason Collins, Gay-Inclusive Scouts
May 09 2013 4:21 PM ET

Poll Finds Majority Support for Jason Collins

Sunnivie Brydum

Although most reactions to Collins's coming-out have been positive, nearly a quarter of those surveyed strongly or somewhat oppose Collins's announcement.

WATCH: Former NFL Star Tell Anderson Why He Defended Jason Collins
May 06 2013 6:02 PM ET

WATCH: NFL Star Tells Anderson Why He Defended Collins

Neal Broverman

LeRoy Butler was axed from a church speaking engagement because he supported Jason Collins's coming out.

Jason Collins: I Didn't Set Out to Be the First
April 30 2013 3:13 PM ET

Jason Collins: I Didn't Set Out to Be the First

Michelle Garcia

NBA free agent Jason Collins meets with George Stephanopoulos in his first interview since coming out.

Obama on Jason Collins: Couldn't Be Prouder
April 30 2013 1:05 PM ET

Obama on Jason Collins: Couldn't Be Prouder

Michelle Garcia

At the end of the White House press briefing Tuesday, President Obama decided to take one more question regarding gay NBA player Jason Collins.

Why Collins Wore Number 98
April 29 2013 3:48 PM ET

Why Collins Wore Number 98

Trudy Ring

It's in remembrance of the year Matthew Shepard died and the Trevor Project was founded, he says.

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