Jason Collins has been an avid supporter of his friend Hillary Clinton this year and he even gave a powerful speech this week at the Democratic National Convention before Clinton made history as the first woman to accept the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, as well as the first woman ever to accept a presidential nomination from any major political party. Although Collins’ friend is clearly making a major impact on the world, Collins recently revealed how Clinton made a major impact on his life when he came out to her and her husband, Bill Clinton.
According to media reports, the former NBA star recently opened up about his coming out experience during the DNC and explained that the Clintons were one of the few people he told about his sexuality before his historic coming out story hit the pages of Sports Illustrated in 2013.
“I didn’t want certain people from my private life to read about me coming out. I wanted them to hear it form me first. And with the Clintons, they offered me nothing but words of advice and I will share something that Chelsea [Clinton] said to me, which is ‘just continue to live your life.’ ”
During his speech at the DNC, Collins praised Clinton’s acceptance of him and explained how her treatment of him is proof that she would make a good president for all Americans.
“They knew my sexual orientation made no difference in my ability to play basketball,” Collins said to the DNC delegates, “just as someone’s gender makes no difference in his or her ability to lead this nation.”
And in his recent interview, Collins continued to explain why he feels Clinton is the best choice for president.
“With Hillary as president, she will care about all of us, not just some of us. And I really feel that the other side, they really only care about a certain percentage of our country and not all of us,” Collins said.
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