Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) made the following statement regarding Jason Collins' announcement that he is gay, the first openly gay active male athlete in a major U.S. professional team sport.
"I have just read Jason Collins' account of his decision to come out. I can only thank Jason for bringing the guts he has shown here on the basketball court to the much more difficult task of writing in the first person as the first active gay athlete in a major American team sport. I saw the movie 42 on Saturday. Today, I saw Jason Collins in the Jackie Robinson tradition - causes and generations apart -- yet cut from similar cloth. I hope my fellow African Americans, some of whom are coming haltingly to LGBT equality, will see the kinship."