Professional basketball player Jason Collins is ready to share who he really is with the world. “I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," he confessed on April 29, via Sports Illustrated. "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." Collins added that he's aware that his coming out may not be easy. "Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it's a good place to start," he said. "It all comes down to education. I'll sit down with any player who's uneasy about my coming out. Being gay is not a choice. This is the tough road and at times the lonely road."