Jason Collins’ 11 Best Quotes on Coming Out

An article by the NBA's first openly gay player serves up clarity and common sense.

Jason Collins (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

‘YOLO’ applies to important issues, too:

The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?

The world didn’t end. Quite the opposite:

I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time.

Don’t underestimate people. Especially family:

The hardest part of this is the realization that my entire family will be affected. But my relatives have told me repeatedly that as long as I’m happy, they’re there for me.

It’s not worth it to ignore injustice:

The strain of hiding my sexuality became almost unbearable in March, when the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. Less then three miles from my apartment, nine jurists argued about my happiness and my future.

If people don’t take this well, it’s on them:

I’ve been asked how other players will respond to my announcement. The simple answer is, I have no idea. I’m a pragmatist. I hope for the best, but plan for the worst.