NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out, Celebs Sound Off on Twitter

Celebrity News May. 3, 2013 AT 4:02PM
Jason Collins Jason Collins Credit: Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Just because Jason Collins is the first openly gay athlete in professional North American team sports doesn't mean he's standing alone. Within hours of the NBA vet's historic announcement, famous faces from the White House to Hollywood (and seemingly everywhere in between) began declaring their support for his bold move.

As Chris Culliver's anti-gay remarks earlier this year reminded us, homophobia still runs rampant in professional sports -- an arena that has been resistant to accepting gay players among its ranks.

Celebrities took to Twitter to sound off and cheer on Collins, and while many of his supporters feel a personal tie with him because they are gay themselves, there are others who simply admire his courage. Their reasons for voicing support varies, but one underlying message remains the same: This is a moment to be celebrated.

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