- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

NBA center Jason Collins is being hailed as a courageous trailblazer because he is the first professional basketball player to announce publicly that he is homosexual (“Jason Collins becomes first active openly gay NBA player,” Web, April 29). President Obama and former President Bill Clinton called him personally to give their congratulations and support, and White House spokesman Jay Carney spoke glowingly of Mr. Collins‘ brave, bold decision to “come out.”

One insider said, “He’s going to make more in endorsements than he’s ever made in his life.” Having broken the so-called “gay barrier,” Mr. Collins has instantly become the “new hero for countless young LGBT athletes.” Like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the Marines on Iwo Jima, Mr. Collins has more than earned his place in history, right?

GARY A. GUBISCH

Columbia, Md.