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APR 30, 2013 - Vibe

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Editorial: Why Jason Collins Matters

Lost in the excitement and backlash over Jason Collins' brave admission that he is gay was the genesis of his jersey number. "My one small gesture of solidarity was to wear jersey number 98 with the Celtics and then the Wizards. The number has great significance to the gay community. One of the most notorious antigay hate crimes occurred in 1998. Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was kidnapped, tortured and lashed to a prairie fence. He died five days after he was finally found.... When I put on my jersey I was making a statement to myself, my family and my friends." Collins ... Read More

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