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Celeb Tweets: Martina, Kobe, Bill Clinton and others react to NBA player Jason Collins coming out

Robbie Rogers Robbie Rogers ‏@robbierogers I feel a movement coming.
Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova ‏@Martina Well done Jason Collins- you are a brave man. And a big man at that:) 1981 was the year for me- 2013 is the year for you:)
Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova ‏@Martina It’s not easy to come out when one is still active- shouldn’t be an issue, but it is. That’s why so many don’t do it till after.

Kobe Bryant Kobe BryantVerified account ‏@kobebryant Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU

Garrett Temple Garrett Temple ‏@GTemp14 Much respect to my teammate @jasoncollins34 for being #real

Ben Cohen Ben Cohen ‏@RugbyBenCohen Congrats and its Great to see NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay, first active athlete in the USA big leagues!!! @StandUpFdn
Chris Kluwe Chris Kluwe ‏@ChrisWarcraft Big kudos to @JasonCollins34. Living proof that your sexuality has nothing to do with your athletic ability
John Amaechi OBE @JohnAmaechi Congratulations to Jason – society couldn’t hope for a more eloquent & positive role model:
Bill Clinton Bill Clinton ‏@billclinton I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend.
Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Johnson ‏@TheRock Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres ‏@TheEllenShow @NBA center @JasonCollins34 is the 1st out player on a US major league team. I’m overwhelmed by your bravery, Jason, & sending so much love.
Ricky Martin Ricky Martin ‏@ricky_martin I don’t know you personally @jasoncollins but… CONGRATULATIONS buddy! You are a brave man! I’m very bappy for you! #NBA #proud.
Rosie O'Donnell Rosie O’Donnell ‏@Rosie Thank you Jason Collins – for being the first one – knocking down doors !!!
Bette Midler Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler NBA’s @JASONCOLLINS becomes first athlete of a major sport to announce he’s gay. What a brave, strong person he is to do so. Bravo.
Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin ‏@kathygriffin Hey @JasonCollins34 Inspired by your courage and leadership.
Chely Wright Chely Wright ‏@chelywright Way to go!! @jasoncollins34 Really inspired by your courage! Xo c

Billie Jean King @BillieJKing  am thrilled @JasonCollins34 was able to come out on his own terms and, as he put it, is ready to continue the conversation. This is a day of celebration for the LGBT community and for all of us. I look forward to the day when the news of anyone coming out, is a non-issue and once we reach that point we will know we have arrived.

GeorgeStephanopoulos GeorgeStephanopoulos ‏@GStephanopoulos Jason Collins makes history. En route to LA for first interview. What should I ask?
Mardy Fish Mardy Fish ‏@MardyFish Good for you @jasoncollins34. Proud to call you my friend. Good luck with everything!
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3 Remarks

  1. Fantastic to read all these supportive tweets. Particularly happy to see Andy Roddick respond. I have been disheartened that I rarely hear professional male tennis players speak out on homophobia, and/or marriage equality. We know there have to be gay players on the ATP Tour. It’s a shame they still don’t feel comfortable coming out. Maybe this would happen if the top players did speak out on this topic.

  2. I applaud his bravery. It’s still not an easy task to come out these days,let alone as an active NBA player. I wish him nothing but the best.

  3. I’m happy to see positive support for Jason. So glad that an active sports athlete has finally come out while they are still playing. Hopefully he won’t be the last.

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