Jason Collins Makes Surprise Appearance at HRC’s San Francisco Gala
October 19, 2013 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
Collins shared his personal coming out journey with attendees – including a touching story about running into a teacher on the very same night his Sports Illustrated story ran. The teacher shared that he was proud of Jason and that he, too, was gay.
As a professional athlete and role model, Jason’s coming out changed the face of sports and set a positive example for young Americans everywhere. But his story tonight also speaks to the importance of people everywhere – no matter who they are – being able to live openly and authentically.
Jason’s remarks come just a week after the 25th National Coming Out Day. For more coming out resources, you can visit www.hrc.org/ncod.