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Jason Collins SpeakerThe 12-year NBA veteran Jason Collins announced this week that he is gay. With this announcement, Jason Collins becomes the first active athlete to come out. Shortly after the announcement, many celebrities, politicians and athletes took to Twitter to support his decision. Big Names like Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton, Russell Simmons, Bill Simmons, President Obama and several others tweeted how courageous it was for him to open up this to the public.

Many anticipate this announcement will boost his demand for speaking engagements, appearances and endorsements. Athletes who have overcome adversity have always been in demand for keynote speeches. Not far behind athletes are Gender and Sexuality speakers, who have become increasingly sought out for over the past several years. These diversity speakers shed light on the discrimination that stems from these subjects which have directly and indirectly affected businesses and individuals in everyday life.

Jason Collins being an openly gay player, will now have the opportunity to not only share his stories as a 12-year NBA player, but he will also have the ability to open-up and voice what it’s like to be a gay professional athlete. Many anticipate organizations of all ranges to seek out Jason Collins as he will be seen by the public as a pioneer, role model and leader in the gay rights community.

To book Jason Collins for a speaking engagement or the next time your group wants a speaker or talent for a store grand opening, private appearance, a golf outing, keynote speech or trade show booth, visit AthletePromotions to ensure a memorable experience for your clients, employees and customers.

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