Boston Pride Parade Organizers to Jason Collins: We Want You to be Grand Marshal

Boston Pride has formally invited NBA player Jason Collins to lead its Pride parade:

Sportsillustrated_collins“Boston Pride has formally invited Jason Collins to be a Marshal in the 2013 Boston Pride Parade, held June 8th. Boston Pride is proud that our annual celebration helped to inspire Jason Collins to make his groundbreaking decision to come out. We’re also very pleased that he has announced he’ll be marching in this year’s Parade – we’re looking forward to it!”.

Said Collins in his Sports Illustrated coming out announcement:

I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I'm seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn't even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I'd been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. 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."


  1. Fenrox says

    I wondered why nobody did this before, even a straight-ish guy could pretend and reap these rewards, in fact I was dreading that situation trumping the actual first.

    I am so glad that all the supposed fanfare is in fact real fanfare! I hope that wakes up all the secret bigots on the management side to not stand in the way of this progress.

  2. David Hearne says

    It’s nice of them to offer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns it down because it changes “I’m a pro-athlete who happens to be gay. ” to “I’m a gay pro-athlete.”

  3. will says

    I think these Gay Prides are starting to become a bit obselete (at least in the United States) as we move into normalcy & the mainstream — but, that said, Jason Collins is a much better choice than Bradley Manning.

  4. Jesse says

    Meanwhile, a rogue faction in San Francisco is trying to get Charles Manson named a Grand Marshall of SF Pride (with a stand-in, of course). This only after finding out Jeffrey Dahlmer was no longer living. “He’s gay or possibly trans and did things most of us simply wouldn’t have the courage to do,” cited a spokesperson for the rogue group.

  5. David Hearne says

    will, your country is a good two decades behind many other countries when it comes to LGBT Equality.

    obsolete? clearly you don’t know what the word means.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi

    And yet we’d rather be here than The Great White North. It’s a patriotism thang, you wouldn’t understand.

  6. Klien says

    This is amazing. I LOVE what Pride stands for. A celebration of our history filled with philantrophy and non profit opportunities, PFLAG (parents of LGBT), elected officials, politicians, young, old, all backgrounds coming together to celebrate our history and our community.

  7. ratbastard says


    Waving the flag?

    @Mr. Miller,

    Since you brought it up, yeah, pride is top heavy with gay male stereotypes. If all non-gay people knew about homosexual men is stuff they’ve seen at pride celebrations, they indeed would think gay = fat hairy guy with mustache dressed as a nun, whipping a skinny shaved guy in a leather jock, attached to a dog collar and leash.

    I understand Mr. Miller is into stuff like this, maybe Derrick in Philly, newsflash: MANY gay and bi men are not.

    I very rarely go to parades, pride included. Pride is basically for gay community cliques [similar to small town cliques or high school cliques], busybody 24/7 gays into the scene, and outsiders who come into the city from outlying rural areas and towns. I’m jaded. I admit it.

  8. SilentJay says

    God, I can’t wait to go to Pride this year. A fantastic collaboration of all the amazing members of our community involved in a TERRIFIC event to come together.

    Wouldn’t miss Pride for the world. And neither will many of my friends.

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