BOSTON (AP) — NBA veteran Jason Collins has marched in Boston’s gay pride parade with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts, his one-time roommate at Stanford University.
Collins wore a T-shirt that read “#BeTrue” when he joined thousands of marchers Saturday.
In April, Collins became the first active player in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He wrote in a story posted on the Sports Illustrated website that the decision to go public came when Kennedy, now a Democratic congressman, marched in last year’s parade and Collins didn’t feel that he could join him.
Collins also said the Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that things can change in an instant, so he might as well live truthfully.
Collins played for six teams in 12 seasons, including the Boston Celtics, and becomes a free agent next month.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports