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NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay

NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay, the first active male athlete in a major American professional team sport to do so.

 He announced “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

jasonPresident Barack Obama and the sportswear company ‘Nike’ were 2 among many of those expressing public support towards Jason’s news. On Monday, Mr Obama, who last year announced his support for gay marriage, called Collins to tell him he was impressed with his courage and offer his support, the White House said.

His daughter, Chelsea, who knew Collins when they were both students at California’s Stanford University, tweeted: “Very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength and courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA.”

In the Sports Illustrated article, Collins, who has most recently played for the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics, said:

“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Collins, who has played 11 seasons in the NBA with six teams and is not currently attached to a team, said he had tried to suppress his feelings through relationships with women.

“When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged,” he said. “I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.”

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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage!

New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

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Despite opposition from Christian lobby groups, lawmakers have approved the bill, amending the 1995 marriage act! The bill passed with a huge majority, 77 votes in favour compared to the 44 votes against. Hundreds of gay rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, they called it a milestone for equality. (The image above shows people gathering in bars and clubs to celebrate the results.)

People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana”, AP news agency reported.

Labour MP Louisa Wall, who introduced the legislation, said. – “In our society, the meaning of marriage is universal – it’s a declaration of love and commitment to a special person.” “Nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill,” she added.

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Is Eastenders actor David Witts gay?

Is Eastenders actor David Witts gay?

EastEnders star David Witts who recently posed in a shoot for Attitude magazine says that he would be happy if his character Joey Branning turned out to be gay – but he thinks it’s unlikely.

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“I think it’s very unlikely that he will end up gay. But if he did, that would be fine,” he said. “I’m not opposed to it. I’ve played gay before.”

David was recently named ‘Sexiest Male’ at the soap awards, but are they referring to him or his Eastenders character Joey Branning?

“I get called gay all the time. You type ‘David Witts’ into Google and the suggested third word is gay. I’m like, ‘No! He’s not gay!’ But because he’s nice, and he’s not like his character, he must be gay. No! Broaden your mind a touch.”

Witts, who is heterosexual, also described himself as “a little more awkward” than his “dick” of a character, but said that he is not opposed to stripping off more on EastEnders if the producers requires it.”

So decide for yourself! Is David Witts gay?

Read the full interview in the new issue of Attitude, out now;

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