NBA basketball player Jason Collins swept sports headlines this week when he publicly revealed that he is gay, becoming the first professional male athlete to do so while still active in a major U.S. team sport. Collins noted that he was inspired by tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who became one of the first openly gay sports figures when she came out in 1981. Navratilova, the winner of 59 grand slam crowns, and a record nine Wimbledon singles championships, joins DN! to discuss Collins’ announcement and her reaction to another advancement for LGBT rights: the legalization of same-sex civil unions in Colorado. Back in 1992, Navratilova helped file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Colorado amendment that prohibited state and local regulations that extend minority civil rights protections to homosexuals and bisexuals in Colorado. “Jason has been a breath of fresh air, and a pioneer,” Navratilova says. “It takes a lot of guts to come out to your friends and family, as for most gay people, coming out is the most traumatic experience in their life. He has done a lot for the gay community and I thank him for that.”

Become a member of Free Speech TV