June 12, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Collins marches in Boston Pride parade
Jason Collins Washington Wizards screenshot via YouTube

Jason Collins (Screenshot via YouTube)

BOSTON—Former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins marched in Boston’s annual gay Pride parade on June 8.

The Boston Globe reported the NBA center who played for the city’s professional basketball team until February marched with Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III, with whom he lived in college. Collins wore a black T-shirt that read “#betrue” in rainbow colored letters during the parade that wound its way through Boston’s Back Bay and South End neighborhoods.

Collins in May became the first male athlete who actively plays in a major American professional sports league to come out as gay.

He has repeatedly declined the Washington Blade’s requests for an interview, but he wrote in a Sports Illustrated op-ed that announced his homosexuality that he is “black. And I’m gay.”

“I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie,” Collins wrote.

President Obama, NBA Commissioner David Stern and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are among those who applauded Collins after he came out.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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