NBA's Jason Collins Marches In Boston LGBT Pride Parade
Arguably no one is having a happier Pride weekend than Jason Collins! The out gay NBA star proudly marched in Boston's LGBT Pride parade on Saturday and it's clear that he felt the love!
Collins marched alongside his college roommate from Stanford, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy.
In a personal essay penned for Sports Illustrated in April, Collins said he realized the need to go public with his sexuality when Kennedy told him about marching in the 2012 pride parade.
“Hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy,” Collins wrote. “I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, ‘Me, too.’ ”
Collins was a favorite with the crowds who packed the Hub’s streets on a sunny afternoon to watch the parade.
“We love you, Jason!” shouted a coordinated throng of Northeastern University students, members of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, gathered near Boston Common. “I love you, too,” he shouted back.
As he and Kennedy rounded the corner of the Common, three high-school-aged girls pleaded with him for a picture. “I can’t stop marching,” he said with a smile, urging them to hop off of the sidewalk and walk with him for a moment to take a photo.
We're not sure who's happier--Jason for being there or us for getting to watch a dream fulfilled! (We'll probably say Jason's happier, but not by much!!)
Happy Pride, y'all!!