4 Reasons Jason Collins + Brooklyn Are A Perfect Match

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There’s good news on the Jason Collins front! Jason, the first openly gay player in the NBA, has signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The contract is only for ten days, but we’ve got some pretty strong reasons to believe this is a match made in heaven! Check out why we think Jason and Brooklyn are perf for each other.

+ Marriage Equality

Kayshia Nicolas and her twin sister Katiana pose for a photo with NBA player Jason Collins before the start of the Gay Pride Parade in Boston

Photo: Jason Collins marches in Boston’s Pride Parade in 2013 (Baltimore Sun)

New York is one of the states where same-sex marriage is legal, with Governor Cuomo signing marriage equality into law in 2011. Right now same-sex marriage is legal only in 17 states and Washington, D.C., so New York is in the minority.

+ NBA Championship

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So far the Brooklyn Nets haven’t won an NBA championship. Can Jason Collins be the one to help get them there? We’d like to see it happen!

+ Brooklyn Sports Figures Make Change

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson

Photo: Jackie Robinson playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers (Getty)

This isn’t the first time a Brooklyn sports team has taken a step toward equality. Back in the 1940s, African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. Before this, African-Americans were forced to play in their own league and were not allowed in major league Baseball.

+ LGBTQ Rights Orgs

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Photo: An early LGBT pride march (PFAG)

New York has a history of working toward LGBTQ rights, and some of the most influential LGBTQ orgs got their start there. GLAAD began in 1985 to improve reporting on LGBTQ rights in New York, and PFLAG got started in New York in the 1970s. So as you can see, Brooklyn’s a great place for Jason to be!

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