Bill Clinton: Jason Collins Coming Out Is Historic Moment For LGBT Community

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Jason Collins, the NBA star who just came out in a new Sports Illustrated article, seems to have a very famous friend and former classmate — Chelsea Clinton. And Chelsea, and her dad, are both vocalizing their support and admiration for Jason today.

Earlier this morning, Chelsea tweeted:


Then, just a short while ago, her dad, former President Bill Clinton, released this statement:

I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea’s classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason’s announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities. For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason’s colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned.

You can read Jason’s article here.

h/t: Huffington Post