After coming out as the first openly gay male athlete actively playing in a major American pro sports league, longtime NBA big man Jason Collins will join family members for an interview with Oprah Winfrey this week. The interview will be broadcast Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. From OWN's press release:
Collins reflects on the worldwide reaction following his decision to reveal that he is a gay man and how he hopes his story will further the conversation around equality. Oprah and Collins are joined by his twin brother, former NBA player Jarron Collins, his parents Portia and Paul Collins, his sister-in-law Elsa Collins and aunt Teri Jackson, a San Francisco Superior Court judge and the first family member he came out to.
Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, publicly came out as homosexual in a first-person article for this week's edition of Sports Illustrated. Many consider Collins to be a hero and a pioneer for leading the charge to end homophobia in sports.
The episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," featuring Collins and his family will appear on OWN at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 5.