A Proud History: LGBT Athletes in American Pro Sports
American Civil Liberties Union: When NBA player Jason Collins announced this week “I’m gay”, praise for his groundbreaking courage poured in from all directions. Collins’ announcement is a very big deal, especially since the worldwide popularity of NBA basketball makes him a highly visible role model for youth. However, we shouldn’t lose sight of where the Jason Collins milestone fits into the long history of openly LGBT people’s participation in American professional sports.
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