"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport"

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Jason Collins: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

Wait. He's black? Good thing he pointed that out. Oh, but I kid, this is very very cool.

Here is the Los Angeles Times email alert:

Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has become the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay. Collins, 34, made his announcement to Sports Illustrated.

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," Collins said. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

Collins says he decided to talk about his sexuality now because "it takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret."

More at NBA center Jason Collins says he is gay.

What a shame that this is even news. Nevertheless, as V.P Biden would say, it is a big f'ing deal.

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