SAN DIEGO, California – Retired NBA star Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the professional basketball league, will give the keynote speaker address at the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association’s 22nd annual Awards and Installation Dinner.
The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.
Collins is also the first openly gay athlete to play any of the four major American sports leagues. He retired from professional basketball after 13 seasons in the NBA. Before his retirement, Collins publicly revealed he is gay in a self-written Sports Illustrated article. Later, in April 2014, TIME magazine featured Jason Collins on the cover of its “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue.
During his speech, Collins will share his experiences and challenges of coming out publicly as a gay athlete.
“The battle for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is about more than just changing the law,” said Kimberly Ahrens, employment law attorney and co-president of THLA. “It is crucial for LGBT youth to see successful and happy role models in every facet of life to overcome the hostility that still exists in our society. We need more brave people like Jason Collins to step forward and reassure our LGBT youth that they are not alone.”
The Tom Homann LGBT Law Association is a nonprofit law association in San Diego, California. THLA’s mission is to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues locally, nationally, and worldwide. Each year, THLA hosts its annual dinner to honor several members of the LGBT or ally community who have contributed to the advancement of LGBT rights or service to the LGBT community.
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