Press Room

February 23, 2007

Category: In Communities of Color

Former NBA player comes out

John Amaechi, once a star player for the Orlando Magic, is the first NBA player to ever publicly come out as a gay man. Now retired from basketball, Amaechi's unique story is detailed in his autobiography, Man in the Middle, just released by ESPN Books.

Now, Amaechi is an official spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project, a program designed to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people come out and live openly.

Amaechi is launching a nationwide tour to share his story and encourage conversation about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. Find out when Amaechi will be in a city near you.

Learn more about coming out as an athlete through It Takes A Team, an organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.