Jason Collins and 6 Other Openly Gay Athletes Make Awesome Role Models

Homosexuality, thankfully, is becoming more and more accepted within our society. However, we still obviously have a long way to go. Luckily, the brave announcement from professional basketball player Jason Collins yesterday through Sports Illustrated has made a huge impact around the country.

It is important for people on the public stage to set examples and work for issues that they believe in. President Obama called Collins, telling him that what he did was brave and that he was proud. Although we definitely don’t want to take anything away from Jason and the huge step he just made, we also wanted to make sure that during this important time we take a moment to recognize other athletes that have been openly gay for quite some time. Who knows, maybe they inspired Jason as well.

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