Jason Collins Talks Race, Coming Out, and Religion With Oprah

He knew the significance of his declaration.

By Jamilah King May 06, 2013

NBA center Jason Collins spoke with Oprah recently about his decision to become the first active male professional athlete in a major American sport to come out as openly gay. Collins shocked the sports world one week ago when he announced his sexuality in a [beautifully written Sport Illustrated cover story](http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2Rrpb0BB2). With Oprah, he elaborated a bit on what it means for him to be black, openly gay, and a person of faith. "I grew up in a very religious family," Collins told Oprah. "I knew as an African-American that it adds another dimension to the discussion," he said of race impacts the discussion of his sexuality.