[ View the story "'I'm black. And I'm gay.'" on Storify] 'I'm black. And I'm gay.' US reacts as Jason Collins becomes first openly gay NBA player.
The Stream· Mon, Apr 29 2013 12:03:12
Within hours of publishing the article, Jason Collins' Twitter account (@JasonCollins34) drew thousands of followers.
.@JasonCollins34 gained 10,000 followers in the last hour.BuzzFeed News
Collins' current team, the Washington Wizards, as well as the NBA issued statements of support.
NBA players tweeted words of encouragement for Collins' decision to reveal his sexuality.
Really hope people will RESPECT Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax and not be afraid to be who he is.Bruce Bowen
Great character from a great family! That's all that matters! @jasoncollins34 #respectEarl J Watson
Very proud of and happy for one of the coolest and most down to earth guys I know @jasoncollins34. #FwhatpplthinkDamien Wilkins
As a firm supporter of the LGBTT, of course I support & applaud @jasoncollins34 brave decision. Facing stigma head on, thank you.#BeWellRoyce White
From political royalty to entertainment celebrities, high profile personalities expressed their support of Collins.
Very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength & courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA.
proud of Washington Wizards' player Jason Collins (@JasonCollins34) for coming out. we will stand with you as you continue on your journey.Russell Simmons
NBA insiders offered their commentary, at times with sarcasm, on homosexuality in the league.
It will surprise ppl but to my experience you will not find a group of ppl more tolerant of each others private lives then NBA players.Bernie Lee
Worth pointing out that many of us have shared locker rooms with Jason Collins, and somehow he didn't come on to us. Shocking, I know.Kelly Dwyer
Others debated the implications of Collins' announcement.
Sexuality shouldn't matter, but unfortunately it still does. Props #JasonCollins. I look forward to the day when this isn't considered news.Toula Drimonis
Courageous move by Jason Collins. Could pave the way for an NFL player to do the same.Albert Breer
For people who ask why we need to hear about Jason Collins' sexuality, here's one of many: so EVERY kid feels they can play, no matter what.Brad Galli
Several news headlines hailed Collins as the first openly gay athlete. However @RoseFox points out that others, like tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, came before him.
If you're tweeting about Jason Collins today, take a moment to honor pioneers @Martina and @BillieJKing.Rose Fox
There were also varying opinions on whether Collins' decision to come out was heroic.
So Jason Collins is a hero because he's gay? Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy.Ben Shapiro
If you don't understand that Jason Collins is a hero, stop embarrassing yourself.Pablo S. Torre