Less than 24-hours after NBA player Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, the free agent was asked to serve as a Marshal for the 2013 Boston Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8th.
On Monday, the Boston Pride Parade released the following statement:
“Boston Pride has formally invited Jason Collins to be a Marshal in the 2013 Boston Pride Parade, held June 8th. Boston Pride is proud that our annual celebration helped to inspire Jason Collins to make his groundbreaking decision to come out. We’re also very pleased that he has announced he’ll be marching in this year’s Parade – we’re looking forward to it!”
In an article posted by Sports Illustrated on Monday, Collins shared with the world that he was gay, making the 12-year veteran the first active gay player in one of the four major U.S professional sports.
Jason revealed in the article that he wanted to go public after his former roommate Joe Kennedy III, who also represents Massachusetts in Congress, walked in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade last year.
“I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator,” Collins wrote in the first-person account.
Monday night, the basketball player took to Twitter to express his gratitude for all the support.
“All the support I have received today is truly inspirational. I knew that I was choosing the road less traveled but I’m not walking it alone,” Collins tweeted.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me thru email, texts, calls, tweets, letters, and every other form of communication,” he later tweeted.
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