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Bill Russell

NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins

Brooklyn Nets sign Jason Collins for remainder of the season

Saturday, March 15, 2014
NEW YORK -- Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA's first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him. [ Read more → ]
Seth Wenig, APBrooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New York. More than a week after becoming the league's first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game.

Jason Collins to get second 10-day deal to play for Brooklyn Nets

Monday, March 3, 2014
NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract. [ Read more → ]

NBA donating proceeds of Jason Collins jersey sales to LGBT groups

Friday, February 28, 2014
NEW YORK -- The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. [ Read more → ]
From left: Dennis Shepard, Jason Collins, Judy Shepard, and Logan Shepard.

Jason Collins, who wears #98 in honor of their son, meets Matthew Shepard’s family

Friday, February 28, 2014
DENVER — Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard’s parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs. [ Read more → ]

Jason Collins’ #98 jersey honoring Matthew Shepard big seller at NBA store

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW YORK — Jason Collins hasn't even worn his No. 98 jersey in a game yet, and already it's a big seller. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, right, is congratulated by fans after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Brooklyn won 108-102.

Jason Collins finds a welcoming home in Brooklyn Nets locker room

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Jason Collins had already spent 12 years in the NBA by the time the world knew he was gay. He's a well-regarded Stanford graduate who just attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama and has made friends around the league — and particularly inside the Nets' organization. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, left, battles for a loose ball with Los Angeles Lakers guard MarShon Brooks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Collins breaks ground as first openly gay player in professional U.S. team sports

Sunday, February 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins became the first openly gay active player in the National Basketball Association, breaking ground in major professional U.S. team sports as the country's growing acceptance of gay rights continues. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins

Jason Collins signs with Brooklyn Nets, becomes 1st openly gay NBA player

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Jason Collins became the NBA's first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins will join the Nets for their game Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. [ Read more → ]
APPortland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers first NBA team to support marriage equality

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have become the first NBA team to publicly support marriage equality for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Tim Hardaway

Once homophobic NBA star first to sign petition supporting gay marriage in Fla.

Friday, July 5, 2013
MIAMI -- Retired NBA player Tim Hardaway, once one of the most vocally homophobic professional athletes in the country, was the first person to sign a petition seeking to repeal Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Pacers’ Roy Hibbert apologizes for gay slur, cursing – fined $75,000 by NBA

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 on Sunday by the NBA for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. [ Read more → ]

Jason Collins opens up to Oprah on coming out, stigmas, family acceptance

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Oprah Winfrey sat down with the Jason Collins and his family for a candid discussion about the NBA's player's announcement this week that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins

Sales of #98 jerseys surge following Jason Collins’ coming out

Thursday, May 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards said Wednesday that the team's online store has had a significant surge in sales of jerseys with Jason Collins' number 98 since the NBA player came out as gay earlier this week. [ Read more → ]

U.S. men’s professional sports finally joins gay rights trend

Monday, April 29, 2013
NEW YORK — Jason Collins, who came out Monday as gay while still an active NBA player, broke one of the last remaining barriers in North America for gays and lesbians in era of constant political gains and ever-growing public acceptance. [ Read more → ]

White House, Bill Clinton, pro athletes hail Jason Collins on coming out

Monday, April 29, 2013
WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday joined the chorus of praise by commending NBA veteran Jason Collins for becoming the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay. [ Read more → ]

NBA’s Jason Collins: ‘I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.’

Monday, April 29, 2013
NEW YORK — NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. [ Read more → ]

Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried first NBA player to join gay rights group ‘Athlete Ally’

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried has teamed up Athlete Ally, a leading organization working to raise awareness and end homophobia in sports, becoming the first NBA player to take on such a high profile role in advocating equality for gays in sports. [ Read more → ]

Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried and his two moms for Colorado civil unions

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Here's Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, appearing in a video speaking out for civil unions in Colorado. Faried grow up in a household with two loving parents -- his moms. [ Read more → ]

ESPN poll reveals where pro athletes stand on same-sex marriage

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Professional hockey players are the most supportive professional athletes on the issue of marriage equality, according to a recently published ESPN poll. [ Read more → ]

NBA adds ‘sexual orientation’ to non-discrimination policy

Friday, December 9, 2011
The National Basketball Association's new Collective Bargaining Agreement, signed by the players' union and ratified Thursday by the NBA's board of governors, now includes language protecting players from discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Rick Welts

Rick Welts, first openly gay professional sports team executive, resigns

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Rick Welts, who just four months ago came out -- becoming the first openly gay senior executive of a professional sports team -- has announced he is resigning his position as Phoenix Sun President and Chief Executive Officer. [ Read more → ]

Westboro bigots protest at NBA finals over league’s policy against gay slurs

Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Westboro Baptist bigots brought their special brand of hate to game three of the NBA Finals on Sunday to protest the league's policy against gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
Steve Nash

Steve Nash says the NBA is ready for an openly gay player

Monday, May 30, 2011
Phoenix Suns' point guard Steve Nash -- who recently voiced his support for marriage equality -- said he thinks thinks the NBA is ready for an openly gay player. [ Read more → ]

Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash voices support for marriage equality

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
NBA superstar and Phoenix Suns' point guard Steve Nash has voiced his support for marriage equality, appearing in a new video for the HRC's "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" campaign. [ Read more → ]
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