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Jason Collins Gives First Interview About Coming Out, Gay Stereotypes, and Matthew Shepard: VIDEO

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Jason Collins gave his first interview to ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos and it aired this morning on GMA. Collins speaks about his coming out, the support he's received, gay stereotypes, and the #98 he wore for many years in tribute to Matthew Shepard.

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  1. The guy's got guts. I like it.

    Posted by: Yeek | Apr 30, 2013 9:41:21 AM


  2. He seems like a really nice person.

    Posted by: Terry | Apr 30, 2013 9:51:52 AM


  3. I would applaud any athlete who made the courageous step of coming out. But I am particularly pleased that Collins was the first. This guy is a rockstar, and I admire him for so many reasons.

    Posted by: Lars | Apr 30, 2013 10:03:35 AM


  4. He's seriously like an amazing human being based off everything I've seen. Not just basketball player and athlete...but a actually great human. What a kind heart and what an HONOR to have him as a member of our community

    Posted by: Jackson | Apr 30, 2013 10:18:33 AM


  5. Welcome to the community Collins. We couldn't ask for a more well rounded person to be on our team.

    Posted by: Nick | Apr 30, 2013 10:19:12 AM


  6. The manner in which he's constantly been honoring Matthew Shepherd really touches me and makes me feel like this man is the exact leader to inspire millions of gay youth who can truly look up to him. What an inspiration he is!

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Apr 30, 2013 10:20:16 AM


  7. Hopefully this inspires all closet cases to realize they owe it to themselves to live an authentic free life. There's nothing wrong with being gay, hence something wrong with hiding your sexuality. We don't hide aspects of ourselves that are innate. free yourself

    Posted by: DattDude | Apr 30, 2013 10:31:24 AM


  8. We are really fortunate as a community to have such a great role model as the first gay athlete to come out in a major team sport. He is going to inspire a ton of young people and probably a fair share of adults as well. And maybe it'll make it harder for parents to cling to the stereotype that their sons can't be both gay and a "real man."

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 30, 2013 10:33:20 AM


  9. I am available to date him.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 30, 2013 10:33:39 AM


  10. WOW! What an articulate and well-spoken man. He is re-writing stereotypes both for gay men and for professional athletes as well. His acknowledgement of Matthew Shepherd is very touching. He has my congratulations, my gratitude for what he has done and is doing for a generation of young athletes, and my awe just for being so awesome.

    Someday, such a revelation will not be news. I look forward to the day when I can read such a story and go "ho-hum." Until then -- Thanks!

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Apr 30, 2013 10:42:03 AM


  11. Thomas, we already know that you're an alias of Rick, who goes on and on about what "real men" are here on Towleroad every day. Anybody with the balls to be out and proud is a "real man." It doesn't take adherence to masculine expectations to make a person a "real man."

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 30, 2013 10:42:09 AM


  12. @Thomas
    Or, ya know, not supporting the likes of Chick Fil A. Something I doubt self respecting men like Jason Collins would ever do, but you seem more than willing to.
    Be consistent with your message of wanting to uplift the community.

    Posted by: Billy | Apr 30, 2013 10:43:39 AM


  13. it's very simple - real men Come Out.

    well met, brother. and welcome to the fold, and thank you for inspiring others to do the same.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 30, 2013 10:50:48 AM


  14. @Terry @Yeek, you guys made comments that didn't detract from anything, weren't actually racist or offensive. Good job!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 30, 2013 11:10:42 AM


  15. @Fenrox
    You're looking to be offended, but that's usual for you. Your anger toward the gay community amuses all of us. Here's to hoping YOU finally accept being gay as all these public figures seem to. I don't see it happening though

    Posted by: Kolog | Apr 30, 2013 11:15:27 AM


  16. fenrox
    the resident bitter, angry, jaded soul on here.

    Posted by: Observer | Apr 30, 2013 11:15:56 AM


  17. Wonderful young man. Couldn't ask for a better role-model in sports. Best wishes for him.

    Posted by: drew | Apr 30, 2013 11:19:02 AM


  18. Billy: I never supported Chik-fil-A, and I'm not sure why that's even pertinent to questions of self-respect. I have said that running a boycott can often give unintentional benefits to the thing you're boycotting, and that's far from a ringing endorsement.

    MateoM: Calm down and grow up. I've written many, many times against Rick, and I've never tried to define what a real man is because it's obvious that's about nothing more than bad stereotypes. Maybe you're confusing me with someone else--you do know that on the internet people can post with any name they like, right?

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 30, 2013 11:29:47 AM


  19. Jason Collins - So much class and intelligence combined with much strength. The wall keeps cracking as gay people demand the dignity they all deserve. A great role model for gay men everywhere. Not to mention, probably the most eligible bachelor at this time guys!

    Posted by: RK | Apr 30, 2013 11:46:02 AM


  20. Seems wonderful guy, intellectual and very good looking. I wish him all the best.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 30, 2013 12:06:52 PM


  21. @ Thomas

    Running a boycott against a corporation that donates MILLIONS per year to actively fight against our existence and rights is flawed? Your intentions aren't nearly as noble as you may think. Gay folks like yourself who want to lecture gay people for having convictions and standing firm on them are resentful over gay activism. And that's unfortunately your own problem. We won't stop fighting for equality, nor will we stop combating blatant homophobia, financial or otherwise. If that upsets you, you need to evaluate why that is.

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 30, 2013 12:08:59 PM


  22. Key statement from Jason: "I want to re-write stereotypes"

    Key lead-in observation from Stephie: "By coming out as gay, he smashed stereotypes"

    Yes, indeed.

    Change society so that male homosexuality is viewed not only as compatible with masculinity, but a natural component of it....by ALL men....regardless of their sexuality.

    And by simply living and providing an example of that, steer gay youth and gay teens in the right direction and away from the self-destructive culture of effeminacy.

    That is what this is all about and I am glad to see it explicitly acknowledged, both by Jason, himself, and by the media (in the form of Stephanopolus).

    If more such individuals follow suit--and they will--it will help to further the revolution that will result in there being a single male culture with masculine values that encompasses men of all sexual orientations.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 30, 2013 12:12:12 PM


  23. Thomas,
    I find it fascinating when people like you are startled that the gay community would object a company that has made a career of fighting against us every way they could. You wouldn't dare question black people doing so toward an outward racist company. Or Jews, or Muslims, or any other demographic who have been targeted galvanizing to spread the word about a company that takes their earning and donates it to fight against said people. It speaks volumes that you feel bigots are entitled to donate against gay rights and gay people should accept it. And yes, if your issue is with an orchestrated boycott, than you are in essence advocating for the gay community to not spread the word about how spending money at that establishment HURTS GAY PEOPLE. Your own homophobia is showing....please correct it before schooling us.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Apr 30, 2013 12:12:51 PM


  24. nice to see some out role models representing the masculine side of being gay. as someone who considers himself both masculine and feminine...yep, just nice to see that aspect of being gay represented.

    Posted by: steve | Apr 30, 2013 12:15:08 PM


  25. Rick...if THAT'S what you got out of this interview, then others are right, you are a completely chemically imbalanced individual. THAT'S what you walked away with from this interview? Wow. Just wow.

    Posted by: AMFM | Apr 30, 2013 12:15:41 PM


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