For Boston’s annual Pride Parade, openly gay NBA player Jason Collins marched with his former Stanford University roommate, Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy.
“a day I’ll never forget. Could not have had more fun marching in @bostonpride with my friend @jasoncollins34,” Kennedy tweeted with a photo with Collins.
Collins became the first active openly gay athlete of America’s four major sports leagues when he published his first-person essay in Sports Illustrated.
“I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore,” Collins wrote. “I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, ‘Me, too.’”
Collins was congratulated on coming out by Kennedy as well as Chelsea Clinton, a former Stanford classmate.
“I’ve always been proud to call [Collins] a friend, and I’m even prouder to stand with him today,” Kennedy tweeted.
Chelsea Clinton wrote, “Very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength & courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA.”