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Jason Collins Blasts Indiana's Anti-Gay 'License To Discriminate' Bill: VIDEO

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Jason Collins, the first openly gay pro athlete in the four major North American sports leagues, has spoken out against Indiana’s recently passed “License To Discriminate” bill, reports IndyStar.

By a vote of 63-31, the Indiana House of Representatives yesterday passed the bill which allows private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against LGBT individuals on religious grounds.

.@GovPenceIN, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour? http://t.co/uBlKbIf8YK

— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 23, 2015

Governor Mike Pence says he is "looking forward" to signing the bill.

Collins, who has been mentoring other young, gay basketball players who have yet to come out of the closet, played for 13 seasons in the NBA for multiple teams, including the New Jersey Nets.

Watch the trailer for new documentary Out to Win, which provides insight into the lives of LGBT athletes including Collins, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Wade Davis and Brittney Griner, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NBA Player Blake Griffin Attempts Simulated Sex Act With Male Trainer: VIDEO

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was chilling on the sidelines during Thursday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets when he apparently got a craving for some simulated head from a trainer in the wrong place at the wrong time.

See the faux-llatio in action, AFTER THE JUMP...

Outsports is also running a poll asking readers their thoughts on the incident - with "Boys will be boys" currently leading in the poll's answer choices. What do you think?

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Powerful MLK Video from the NBA Features 'Barrier Breaker' Jason Collins: WATCH

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The NBA is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a video called "Barrier Breakers" showcasing many of the league's firsts including the first out gay player Jason Collins.

Writes the league:

The NBA has a strong history of firsts when it comes to breaking down racial barriers and proverbial glass ceilings. In this spot, we explore the strides made within the NBA that not only embody Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but the overall guiding principles of the Civil Rights movement.

Watch the powerful clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jason Collins, First Openly Gay Player in The NBA, Retires

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After 13 seasons in the NBA, Jason Collins, the first player to ever come out as gay while still a playing professional, has announced he is retiring from basketball. The trailblazer made his announcement in a special column on SI.com:

It has been 18 exhilarating months since I came out in Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay man in one of the four major professional team sports. And it has been nine months since I signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay male athlete to appear in a game in one of those leagues. It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.

On Wednesday at the Barclays Center, I plan to announce my retirement as an NBA player.

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There are still no publicly gay players in the NFL, NHL or major league baseball. Believe me: They exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally. When we get to the point where a gay pro athlete is no longer forced to live in fear that he’ll be shunned by teammates or outed by tabloids, when we get to the point where he plays while his significant other waits in the family room, when we get to the point where he’s not compelled to hide his true self and is able to live an authentic life, then coming out won’t be such a big deal. But we’re not there yet.

What exactly lies ahead for Collins is unclear though many suggest he will have a strong role as an advocate for the LGBT community in the world of professional sports. In May Collins commented, 

My goal right now is to empower others. And also support those who (are) like Derrick Gordon, Michael Sam, Robbie Rogers, and over the next months, couple of years, whoever else joins that list of out/active players.


NBA's First Female Referee Violet Palmer to Marry Longtime Partner

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Violet Palmer, who became the NBA's first female referee back in 1997, has announced she will marry her longtime partner on Friday, the AP reports:

"This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world, to everyone, here's my wife of 20 years. This is the big coming out."

Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be officiated by "Basketball Wives LA" star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams.

Congrats ladies!


'How It Got Better' for Jason Collins: VIDEO

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Jason Collins appears in a new episode of the "How It Got Better" series, joining Tegan and Sara, Jane Lynch, Tim Gunn, George Takei, and Laverne Cox in the story series which dives a bit deeper into the lives behind out and proud public figures.

In the inspiring clip, Collins talks about growing up as a twin in L.A., his entrance into sports, realizing he was gay at 16 and trying to fit in while not feeling right about it (he describes it as "having a CIA cover story and you just believe it"), how Matthew Shepard's murder influenced him, a trainer he saw in an 'It Gets Better' video, finally coming out to his family, his jersey #98, and his road to happiness.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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