jason collins and chad griffinPost submited by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Jason Collins, who made history earlier this year by coming out as gay while actively playing for an NBA team, made a surprise appearance at HRC’s 29th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Gala. 

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 Illustratedstory 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

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