Mar. 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Wizards defeated the Suns 88-79. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Collins to headline National Democratic Convention LGBT Gala

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced today that Jason Collins, the man who caused a buzz around the world last week announcing he was openly gay and in the NBA, will headline the party’s annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fundraiser.

Via The Associated Press: 

Last week, Collins became the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. President Barack Obama called the 34-year-old athlete the same day to congratulate him and tell him he was proud of his courage.

The DNC says first lady Michelle Obama will also attend the May 29 fundraiser in New York. Tickets start at $1,250 per person and go up to $32,400 per couple to chair the event.

The DNC included a call to legalize same-sex marriage in the party’s convention platform last year.

Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons and is now a free agent.

When Collins announced he was openly gay, players from around the league responded by congratulating him for having the tremendous courage to come out. While the DNC fundraiser may be the first major appearance he makes since his groundbreaking announcement, expect Collins to receive invites to host other events, featuring prominent household names, in the near future.

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