26th February 2014
Jason Collins’ shirt commemorating murdered gay teen tops sales in NBA online store 6
1:02 PM — Openly gay NBA star Jason Collins has made the decision to wear the number 98 shirt for his new team in commemoration of murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard.
23rd February 2014
Jason Collins signs deal to become first openly-gay, active NBA player 7
8:56 PM — Openly gay basketball star Jason Collins on Sunday evening signed a deal to officially become the first openly-gay active player in the NBA.
15th June 2013
Canada: Hockey player apologises after tweeting anti-gay slur about NBA player 2
12:55 AM — A hockey player from the Canadian city of Winnipeg has become embroiled in controversy, as he promptly apologised for tweeting an anti-gay slur, but not before causing offence.
9th June 2013
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins marches in Boston Pride parade 4
11:51 AM — Recently out openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, has taken part in his first gay pride parade, after coming out as gay last month.
5th June 2013
Robbie Rogers: Football in the UK is ‘more homophobic’ than in the US 4
3:01 PM — Openly gay professional US football player Robbie Rogers, has spoken in an interview to say that he thinks the football industry in the UK is "a bit more homophobic", than in the US.
29th May 2013
US: First college men’s basketball player to come out: ‘You’ve got to be comfortable with who you are’ 5
2:08 AM — Following the lead of other professional athletes to come out and continue playing in a US professional team sport, a Kansas college men's basketball player, appears to have become the first to come out during a college career, and said: "If you are comfortable with yourself, you can do anything."
21st May 2013
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award
12:52 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay earlier this month to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, has received a courage award from leading gay-straight alliance organisation GLSEN.
16th May 2013
US columnist: Homosexuality ‘has destroyed every civilisation it has touched’ 39
6:17 PM — Christian Post contributor Ken Hutcherson has attacked another contributor to the site for commending Jason Collins for coming out as gay, saying that homosexuality "has destroyed every civilisation it has touched", as well as "the family", and "the soul".
US: Basketball star Jason Collins’ twin says he missed ‘red flags’ signalling that his brother is gay 2
4:14 PM — Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, recently out gay NBA star Jason Collins and his twin brother Jarron, discussed their brotherly relationship, the latter joking that he missed "red flags" which suggested Jason was gay.
10th May 2013
US: Jason Collins to receive courage award from LGBT organisation 2
1:59 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay last week, to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, is to receive a courage award from a leading gay-straight alliance organisation.
9th May 2013
Poll: Over two thirds of Americans support Jason Collins’ decision to come out
1:15 PM — A new poll has revealed that over two thirds of Americans support NBA star Jason Collins' decision to come out as gay last week.
US college football star: Why can’t I be on the winning team, as well as being openly gay? 6
3:01 AM — A former University of Richmond American football star has come out as gay, asking why he can't be a successful, professional athlete, as well as being open about his sexuality.
6th May 2013
US: Jason Collins and Michelle Obama to headline Democratic LGBT gala
10:38 PM — US First Lady Michelle Obama, and recently out openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, are to headline a gala held by the Democratic Party.
Jason Collins to Oprah Winfrey: I had ‘so much angst’ about coming out as gay 1
5:38 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who last week came out as gay, and became the first active player in a major US team sport to come out as gay, has spoken to Oprah Winfrey about the "angst" he had about taking the steps to coming out, but has said he is glad he did it.
Rapper Lil Wayne: Jason Collins coming out ‘is opening a lot of doors’ for gay sports people
3:14 PM — Rap star Lil Wayne, has become the latest hip-hop musician to speak out in favour of NBA star Jason Collins, who came out as gay last week, saying that the massive support he received showed that "it's a fair world out there".
3rd May 2013
NFL player LeRoy Butler: As a role model, I can’t take back my congratulations to Jason Collins 11
2:29 PM — Former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler, who had an appearance at a Wisconsin church cancelled over a congratulatory tweet to recently out gay NBA payer Jason Collins, has said he would not take back the tweet because of kids looking up to him.
2nd May 2013
Former NFL player: Unlike the NBA, ‘football isn’t ready’ for a gay player 10
6:07 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl MVP, has spoken out on the news that NBA star Jason Collins had come out as gay, and said that "football isn't ready", for openly gay players.
Gay NBA player Jason Collins received Twitter death threats after coming out 9
2:29 PM — The first openly gay player in a major US team sport, Jason Collins, who came out on Monday, has been subject to a tirade of abuse on the social networking site Twitter, including a number of death threats.
US: Church to picket basketball playoff games because ‘the NBA is full of fags’ 38
12:50 AM — The adamantly homophobic US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its “God hates fags” slogan, is to picket two NBA playoff games, denouncing Jason Collins for coming out, and saying that "God hates the NBA" because it is "full of fags".
1st May 2013
US: ESPN regrets ‘distraction’ of reporter’s ‘rebellion to God’ comments about Jason Collins 7
5:14 PM — US television network ESPN has responded to criticism arising from a reporter's recent claim that, in coming out as gay, NBA star Jason Collins was living an "open rebellion to God", to say that it became a "distraction".