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A seminal moment in the fight for equality….

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay”

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Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.

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He only told his twin brother a year ago

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Stanford AD on Collins: “I am proud to hear that Jason, one of our Stanfod sons, has taken a leadership role”

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How the story came to be: SI only learned of this 6 days ago….There was a deeply moving note of graciousness too. To the pioneers before him, such as the tennis champion Martina Navratilova and the retired NBA journeyman John Amaechi, and to such straight advocates of gay rights as Ayanbadejo and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, he told Lidz, “The words thank you aren’t enough.”

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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo have been the most outspoken proponents of gay marriage in the NFL, if not in all of sports. This fall, they found themselves on the right side of gay-marriage referendums in their respective states, Minnesota and Maryland, whereupon both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo proudly claimed victory.

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Full article and PDF of brief submitted to the SCOTUS

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Joe Kennedy was J. Collins roommate at Stanford: For as long as I’ve known Jason Collins he has been defined by three things: his passion for the sport he loves, his unwavering integrity, and the biggest heart you will ever find. Without question or hesitation, he gives everything he’s got to those of us lucky enough to be in his life. I’m proud to stand with him today and proud to call him a friend.

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If you are wondering about other sports….the NFL is changing too.

FILE: Paul Tagliabue Overturns Suspensions Against New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints

Fomer NFL commissioner honored by PFLAG w/ his gay son

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Rookies Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Coby Fleener and others join retired veterans Jevon Kearse, Ahman Green and Eddie George in supporting gay football players. Full Story

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The stunning news that NBA center Jason Collins has come out as openly gay — and the reception it has received today – is only the latest sign of how fast societal barriers and prejudices are crumbling in the face of an astonishingly rapid cultural evolution when it comes to the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans.

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H/t Bobfr

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Jason Collins posted this message to all those that have reached out

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126 Responses to “A seminal moment in the fight for equality….”


  1. 1 criquet
    April 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Great news about the support.
    GE everyone.

  2. 5 miss pat
    April 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I do hope the press will just leave this young man alone. Let him live his life. Let him breathe.

  3. 6 criquet
    April 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Great news about the support for Jason Collins.( I should have posted).!!!

  4. 7 EricFive
    April 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    It is undeniable at this point to deny the impact of PBO coming out in favor of gay marriage/equality during the presidential campaign. His bold (and politically risky) assertion did much to influence the mood and tone of the gay rights debate. A shining example of Presidential LEADERSHIP moving the country toward a more perfect union.

    • 8 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Yet Bill Clinton gets rewarded with the GLAAD award. A sobering reminder that this country still has a ways to go in fighting overall bigotry.

      • 9 EricFive
        April 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        Great point Hopefruit2. The legend of Bill Clinton has far outstripped his actual presidency in terms of advancing a “liberal/progressive” agenda. Akin to the emoprogs love for Ron Paul, some refuse to give due credit to PBO and will twist themselves into pretzels to have a white man to promote as the liberal/progressive standard bearer. Short of waking up white tomorrow, PBO can never do enough to gain the support of some in the progressive coalition.

    • 10 utaustinliberal
      April 30, 2013 at 3:59 am

      Very true.

  5. 11 Nena20409
    April 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ms Chips, You are a fine, caring human being. I am totally honored to know you….via….the Blog. Great Post. Thank you.

    • April 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      You’re completely lovely Nena, but reluctant as I am to pass the credit to anyone for this superb post …. it was done by LovelyPlains.

      But thank you still!

    • 13 Nena20409
      April 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      LovelyPlains. This is your best Post, ever. What a sincere Tribute? Very informative. Great Job. Thank You.

      FDR said that the Only Thing to fear is Fear itself. Bob Marley sang: Get Up, Stand Up. Stand Up for your rights. Jason Collins Got Up. Stood Up for Humanity. Equality. His Rights and Rights of all who dared to grueling be a Center in NBA for 12 yrs. A task that very few are able to do. It took Courage. It took integrity. He Stood as tall and Taller than he was, is and will ever be.

      R E S P E C T.

  6. 19 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Bravo to Jason for having the courage to come out, and it’s heartwarming that he is receiving support & encouragement from the NBA, our President, and from so many ordinary citizens who never knew him!

  7. 20 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm
  8. 21 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    South Carolina 1st House District Debate
    Former Governor Mark Sanford (R) and Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) participate in their first debate for the 1st Congressional district seat in South Carolina. The debate focuses on federal spending, immigration, gun legislation and other key issues.

    This is being livestreamed on CSPAN at 7:02PM ET :)

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217869

  9. April 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Serious question: how soon before Westboro starts picketing NBA games?

  10. 36 jessica
    April 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I used to be a huge Jason Kidd fan when he was with the Nets. I remember watching Collins. Good for him. He can be an advocate and leader.

  11. 37 sherijr
    April 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    So this is exactly the America I’ve been longing for… the one that opens doors… and minds. Well done Mr. Collins. PS- I knew POTUS would call him.. its his style, all class & heart.

  12. April 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Hello to Ms Chips and TOD, great post LP!! Just checking in briefly, very busy lately. Love to all.

  13. April 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm
  14. 40 vcprezofan2
    April 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Afternoon/evening TODobots! How are things going in the village and the larger ‘congress’ world? I am completely lost, and am actually hovering between 60% and 100% grouchy. :( Found out today that my return-to-TODvillage-fulltime-dream has been thwarted again.) Instead of returning this Thursday as was negotiated it seems that the person I’m subbing for will now be off until next week Wednesday. AND there is no guarantee
    she’ll be able to return then, thereby throwing me into the land of uncertainty. For goodness sakes, I might even miss another of Chips’ wedding dress fitting! :roll: :roll: Since today was day 11 of her absence they now have to officially post the job (yay!) for a replacement (union rules), and I am truly hoping a qualified person steps out of the woodwork. Of course, failing that, I’m going to feel ‘guilty’ if I don’t continue. I was asked today to submit my resume once the job is posted but I don’t really want to – wasn’t feeling bold enough tho to say that they are putting a crimp in my TOD life, so only said that I thought it was funny to be now asked for a resume since I’ve been doing the job for over two weeks and I’d need to ‘do’ one. So, hence my 60-100% grouchiness. Of course, by the time I’ve read a few posts and comments I’m sure I’ll be by normal cheerful self….until tomorrow. ;)

  15. April 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Some more domestic items….

  16. April 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Contact your local reps…..this will take a bite out of Citizens United if enough pressure is put on the S.E.C.

  17. April 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    A very innovative way to get guns of the streets…look into this, see if this floats your boat.

    • 64 a4alice
      April 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks LP those were interesting! and thank you for the post! What a bold and courageous gentleman.

  18. 65 sherijr
    April 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    also… Well done LP, this is lovely, thank you.

  19. April 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Does anyone watch Finding Your Roots? Only saw the one with Wanda Sykes and John Legend last night, amazing family stories. Wanda’s reaction to news her ancestors were slave *owners* was freaking hilarious. Video here, but US-only I think:

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots/video/john-legend-and-wanda-sykes/

  20. 76 prettyfoot58
    April 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    His courage and strength…are telling….

  21. 77 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    uh-oh

    • April 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Read that the other day, was gobsmacked. Is that the only way she thinks she can win in SC, by bashing the ACA, etc?

    • 83 africa
      April 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Wow. I am not watching. That would be very nutty.

    • 84 a4alice
      April 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      oh no, seriously? yowza.

    • 85 4morefor44
      April 29, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      she’s not the problem. stay focused on republicans and the media. they are the enemy, not a democrat trying to win in a state that could possibly elect a former gov who travelled to argentina to be with his mistress on taxpayer dime and then lie about just a few years ago. focus, focus, focus on the real problem. do not let the media divide and conquer us on “wedge issues” they develop specifically to do that.

  22. 86 anniebella
    April 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    How nice of President Obama to call Jason Collins, and for the First Lady to tweet her kind words to Mr. Collins.

  23. April 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm
  24. April 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Some international news……

  25. April 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm
  26. April 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Some interesting movement on the Green front……. NYC wants all cabs to be electric in the near future.

  27. 102 sherijr
    April 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Didn’t GoBrooklyn say she was having an operation tomorrow? Anyone know what time?

    • April 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Just double-checked her comment from this morning sherijr, you’re right:

      “Tomorrow is the next and hopefully final surgery for my spine so send all your love, shout outs, good lucks, ‘hood signs, prayers. Whatever it is you do. I’m really gonna need it.”

      Love and prayers.

  28. April 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm
  29. 111 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm
  30. 113 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm
  31. 117 africa
    April 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Hmmmm

  32. April 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Bravo to Jason for breaking down barriers and stereotypes. I wish it didn’t have to be like this but I do surely admire his courage.

  33. 119 desertflower
    April 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    HOLY SHIT ON A STICK! What’s WRONG with these people???????????????????????????

    http://www.examiner.com/article/pennsylvania-judge-sentenced-to-28-years-prison-for-selling-teens-to-prisons

    Disgraced Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for conspiring with private prisons to sentence juvenile offenders to maximum sentences for bribes and kickbacks which totaled millions of dollars. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

    In the private prison industry the more time an inmate spends in a facility, the more of a profit is reaped from the state. Ciavearella was a figurehead in a conspiracy in the state of Pennsylvania which saw thousands of young men and women unjustly punished and penalized in the name of corporate profit.

  34. April 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Good news for those worried about implementation of the ACA

  35. 122 Jovie
    April 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    • 124 HZ
      April 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      ((((( Courage to you Jason as you travel on your journey, and my arms of love and respect are lovingly extended to you. Enjoy the freedom of your life with love and the freedom that everyone should be able to enjoy on this earth.)))))HZ

  36. 125 nathkatun7
    April 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Great post, LovelyPlains! It’s so heartwarming to see how the country, despite the tea baggers and all those afflicted with the ODS, has progressed in the 4+ years of the Obama’s presidency. Jason Collins is a courageous young man and deserves praise for standing up. But in my humble opinion President Obama and Vice-President Biden must also be commended for their courage in taking a stand and changing the atmosphere so that gay Americans are not treated differently.

    Again it’s great to see you back, LovelyPlains, having Chipsticks’ back with yet another of your fabulous posts. Even more gratifying is to hear that your Daddy is back home and on the mend. Good luck on your papers and exams!


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