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Out NBA player Jason Collins marches in Boston Gay Pride

Just two months after becoming the first active NBA player to come out of the closet, Jason Collins, marched in Boston’s gay pride parade alongside friends, family, and his former college roommate, Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III.

Boston Herald reports:

NBA center Jason Collins, formerly of the Celtics, said he knew he needed to go public as a gay man when Congressman Joe Kennedy III, his old Stanford roommate, told him he?d just marched in Boston?s 2012 Pride Parade, ?and it filled me with envy.?

But all that changed yesterday. Wearing a black #BeTrue T-shirt, towering above the crowd, the 7-footer walked down Boylston Street smiling and waving to wild cheers from thousands at this year?s Pride Parade. Kennedy marched at his side. So did about 50 Stanford alumni in red T-shirts reading, ?Stanford Alums Walk with Jason Collins.?

?I?m the happiest I?ve been in my life,? Collins told me before the parade began. ?You don?t realize how much of a toll it takes on you (being closeted). You don?t sleep well. I constantly felt like a CIA spy with a cover story. You shouldn?t have to live like that. Now I don?t have that stress. I can be myself.?

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