Jason Collins’ historic coming out story is being featured this month as part of Hulu’s “Defining Moments” series. It is a great way to get our LGBTQ sports fix during Pride Month, while most sports remain on pause.
Collins shared the trailer on Twitter this week. The episode chronicles Collins’ journey, beginning with his childhood in a religious household and up through his struggles as a closeted NBA player. The veteran center came out in 2013, becoming the first ever active openly gay player in the major male team sports leagues.
“This #PrideMonth, I’m excited to share the latest episode of #DefiningMoments,” Collins tweeted.
This #PrideMonth, I’m excited to share the latest episode of #DefiningMoments from @ozy and @hulu all about my journey. Now streaming on Hulu — check it out!!! https://t.co/dzWp89TcFu— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) June 11, 2020
The Hulu original series launched earlier this year, featuring celebrities and public figures who “struggled on their journey to greatness.” The series examines how they persevered through adversity, leading to their defining moments.
The other three episodes chronicle Pose actress Dominique Jackson, Paralympics silver medalist Amy Purdy and music executive Sophia Chang.
When Collins did come out towards the end of his second-to-last season, he was celebrated across the league — at least publicly. Most of the NBA’s star players, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, offered their full support.
The following season, Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Nets, showing his announcement would not lead to the end of his professional basketball career.
Since retiring from the NBA, Collins has served as an LGBTQ advocate and public speaker. He and his partner tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. They have since recovered.