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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.
Sen. Cory Booker (pictured) and First Lady Michelle Obama were the stars of the night, but Sen. Bernie Sanders also offered strong support to his former rival.
As the NBA season starts back up, Jason Collins says it's time to instill confidence in the next generation of LGBT leaders.
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.
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.