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Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, hosted and met the parents of Matthew Shepard last night.


President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law on October 28th, 2009. The bill expanded federal hate-crime laws to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Collins wore the number 98 on his jersey last night to honor Matthew Shepard who was brutally tortured and killed in 1998 because he was gay.

James Byrd, Jr. was also tortured and murdered by white supremacists in 1998.

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  • Victor_the_Crab

    Classy. :)

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      It’s always nice to see pro athletes in the news for positive things like this.