Jason Collins Visits HRC Headquarters Ahead of State of the Union
January 28, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
This morning, NBA superstar Jason Collins and his brother Jarron dropped by the Human Rights Campaign’s office to say hello to HRC President Chad Griffin and staff.
Just a few months ago, Collins made history as the first male U.S. athlete in a major professional sport come out as gay while still actively playing. Since then, Collins has taken up the mantle of LGBT advocacy.
“It’s important for those of us who have a voice and are out to speak up and speak out for those who continue to remain silent," he said to staff.
Tonight the NBA superstar will join the Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett for President Barak Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address.
Collins’ brave decision to live openly makes him a role model for LGBT youth, sending them the powerful message that what will define success in life is character and dedication, not sexual orietntation.
The President said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and a monumental step toward greater equality.
Jason Collins and HRC President Chad Griffin share a laugh while talking to staff
Jason's twin brother Jarron shares the story of their Sunday golfing together the day before Jason came out publicly