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Jason Collins Asked To Lead The Boston Pride Parade

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Less than 24-hours after NBA player Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, the free agent was asked to serve as a Marshal for the 2013 Boston Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8th.

On Monday, the Boston Pride Parade released the following statement:

“Boston Pride has formally invited Jason Collins to be a Marshal in the 2013 Boston Pride Parade, held June 8th. Boston Pride is proud that our annual celebration helped to inspire Jason Collins to make his groundbreaking decision to come out. We’re also very pleased that he has announced he’ll be marching in this year’s Parade – we’re looking forward to it!”

In an article posted by Sports Illustrated on Monday, Collins shared with the world that he was gay, making the 12-year veteran the first active gay player in one of the four major U.S professional sports.

Jason revealed in the article that he wanted to go public after his former roommate Joe Kennedy III, who also represents Massachusetts in Congress, walked in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade last year.

“I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator,” Collins wrote in the first-person account.

Monday night, the basketball player took to Twitter to express his gratitude for all the support.

“All the support I have received today is truly inspirational. I knew that I was choosing the road less traveled but I’m not walking it alone,” Collins tweeted.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me thru email, texts, calls, tweets, letters, and every other form of communication,” he later tweeted.

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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