Why NBA Center Jason Collins is Coming Out Now

From Sports Illustrated
Monday, April 29, 2013

This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated.

JasonCollins

I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

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Hudson Pride Connections Center will present a public forum and panel discussion exploring depression in Black Gay Men

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 7, 2012
Contact: Jonathan Lucas
jonathanlucas@hudsonpride.org
201.963.4779, extension 112

Hudson Pride Connections Center will present a public forum and panel discussion exploring depression in Black Gay Men”

JERSEY CITY – The Hudson Pride Connections Center will present”I want to be healed: exploring depression in Black Gay Men”, Thursday June 14, at the Hudson Pride Connections Center, 6pm – 8:30pm.

“”I want to be healed: exploring depression in Black gay men” is the title and subject of a discussion forum which examines the various ways in which Black men, particularly Black gay men, suffer in silence from depression, which in turn leads many into making poor life choices and decisions. The panelists will discuss how depression, with its biological component and situational or environmental factors such as race, gender, sexual identity and orientation, discrimination, homophobia, sexual abuse, religion and HIV create significant challenges for Black men.  Discussion about mental health is taboo topic within the Black community and especially amongst men, thus preventing many from recognizing the symptoms and seeking help.  This is particularly devastating because depression is treatable in many cases and when left undiagnosed and untreated it can destroy lives.

This forum is part of a larger national project to raise awareness, begin conversations, and let Black gay men and their supporters know that depression is treatable, they are not alone and that it is OK to reach out for professional help.

Joining award-winning journalist and project DBGM founder (www.projectdbgm.com) Antoine Craigwell to discuss their personal and professional perspectives on the prevalence and impact of depression on Black gay men are Rev. Jeffery Campbell, Kim Arrington, Ph.D., and Mikael Elam.

Let’s break the silence and talk openly about this mental illness so that we as a community can begin to bring healing to ourselves and to others desperately in need.

“This forum is another step in the Hudson Pride Center’s overall plan to provide greater support and cultural services to the residents of Jersey City and Hudson County.  We are very excited to be partnering with Antoine Craigwell and project DBGM.  This partnership will raise awareness about a treatable disease which adversely impacts individual lives, families and our entire community,” said Jonathan Lucas, Interim Executive Director of the Hudson Pride Connections Center.

Thursday, June 14, 2012, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Hudson Pride Connections Center, 32 Jones Street, Jersey City, NJ 07306. 201-963-4779.

Please refer to Hudson Pride Connections Center Website www.hudsonpride.org for updates.

Hudson Pride Connections Center, a 501c3 nonprofit community benefit organization  founded in 1993 exists to bridge the gap in services and respond to the unmet needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender community, as well as HIV positive people of any orientation / identity.  Hudson Pride provides supportive social, prevention, outreach, advocacy services and development trainings for other service providers to educate, empower, and unite all of our communities.###

“Black Men of the World” photography exhibit on view at the Hudson Pride Connections Center

From NJ.com/Jersey Journal
Friday, April 20, 2012

The Hudson Pride Connections Center is presenting Jermaine D. Clark’s “Black en of the World” photography exhibit through May 2 at the Hudson Pride Center, 32 Jones St., Jersey City.

The exhibit features 30 portraits of local Black men of various ages and socio-economic backgrounds in 13 19 digital archival prints.

It’s “a tribute to Black men,” said Clark…

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