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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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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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