Collins Reaction: Matthew Shepard's Mom; Stephen Colbert; Lance Bass; Collins Ex-Fiancee

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The reaction to the Jason Collins coming out continued the day after and here and some of the more interesting or offbeat things I found:

Matthew Shepard's parents were touched by Jason Collins' decision to wear number 98 - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN
"It made me cry," she said. Collins said he did so as a nod to the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ suicide prevention foundation founded in August 1998, and also in memory of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was killed in October 1998 in one of the most infamous antigay hate crimes in history.

After NBA Player Comes Out, Stephen Colbert Warns of 'Final Days of Straight America' | Advocate.com
Video of Colbert's great take on Jason Collins coming out. "I knew once we allowed Major League Soccer, it would turn all the other sports gay."

Jason Collins’ jilted fiancé Carolyn Moos didn’t know he was gay until last weekend: report - NY Daily News
Jason Collins said that calling off his wedding was one of the most difficult choices he’s ever had to make, and the woman he left at the alter now knows why. Carolyn Moos, who TMZ reports is the woman that Collins was engaged with, told the website that she had no clue that Collins was gay throughout their long-term relationship.

Lance Bass: Jason Collins Asked Me for Advice on Coming Out - UsMagazine.com
"I gave him some really great connections," the former 'N Sync boy bander said on his Sirius XM radio show, adding that he wished he had gotten help when he came out in 2006.

Collins' Big Test Will Be Joining an NBA Team - AP
"Just treat him normal," Heat forward Chris Bosh said. "He's a human being. It's not like he has two heads or anything. He's the same dude. You say 'What's up?' like everything is normal."

Boston Celtics rally around Jason Collins - ESPN Boston
The C's are voicing support for their ex-teammate's decision to come out.

Jason Collins' Interview Transcript With George Stephanopoulos - ABC News
The edited transcript of Stephanopoulos' full interview with Collins, which was conducted Monday, April 29, 2013.

Collins Historic Gay Stand Seen Bringing Riches If He Wants - Bloomberg
If anyone can relate to Jason Collins, it’s Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, a former National Basketball Association chief marketing officer who says the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport can cash in by coming out.

How Franz Lidz Landed The Jason Collins Scoop For His Former Magazine -- Deadspin
Superagent Arn Tellem had a proposition for his longtime friend, magazine writer Franz Lidz. If an active NBA player wanted to come out of the closet, would Lidz be interested in the story?

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