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Twitter Celebrates NBA Center Jason Collins Coming Out as Gay

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If you’ve been hiding under a rock, or just somehow not on the internet at all today, here’s a newsflash — Jason Collins is now the first active NBA player to be openly gay.

The Washington Wizards center came out in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Obviously, the world is going bananas, and his name quickly became a top trend on Twitter, where congratulations abound from places you probably wouldn’t expect. Here are just a few examples.

Bill Clinton (@billclinton): I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend.
MLB (@MLB): The baseball world voices its support for @jasoncollins34:
Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH): Bravo, @JasonCollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that’s saying a lot.
Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer): Jason Collins’ career stats don’t matter. Dude came out to the whole world. that, alone, is a kind of personal bravery that’s worth noting.
Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock): Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal
Taylor Hensley (@TaylorAHensley): My favorite part of this Jason Collins story is the positive encouragement he’s getting from other professional athletes.
Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant): Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU
Spike Lee (@SpikeLee): Orange And Blue Skies Salutes Jason Collins. Thank You For Your Courage,A Slam Dunk Against HOMOPHOBIA.And Dat’s Da “FREEDOM”Truth,Ruth
Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft): Big kudos to @JasonCollins34. Living proof that your sexuality has nothing to do with your athletic ability. … #salute
Washington Wizards (@WashWizards): #Wizards Statement “We are extremely proud of Jason & support his decision to live his life proudly and openly.” More …

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