Bette Midler - Gay Icons And Stars Celebrate Jason Collins' 'Coming Out'

Bette Midler, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'donnell have applauded basketball star Jason Collins for his bravery after becoming America's first professional male athlete to 'come out' as gay.

The sportsman made the big revelation in a new column for Sports Illustrated magazine, in which he declares, "I'm a 34-year-old Nba center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

His bold statement has won him huge support from fans and celebrities alike, and gay icon Midler is among those praising Collins for deciding to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.

In a Twitter.com post on Monday (29Apr13), the veteran entertainer calls him a "brave, strong person."

A slew of openly-gay stars are also celebrating the announcement - Martin tweets, "I don't know you personally @jasoncollins but... CONGRATULATIONS buddy! You are a brave man! I'm very (happy) for you! Nba proud", and actress O'Donnell adds, "Thank you Jason Collins - for being the first one - knocking down doors !!!"

Actor Neil Patrick Harris writes, "Bravo, @JasonCollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that's saying a lot", and pregnant country star Chely Wright reveals she is "really inspired" by Collins' courage.

Meanwhile, fellow Nba star Kobe Bryant has voiced his support for the former Washington Wizards player: "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r (sic) because of the ignorance of others... courage support".

Rocker Flea, director Spike Lee and actors Gilles Marini and Elizabeth Banks have also shared kind words about Collins' 'coming out' on Twitter.com.


Contactmusic

Tags: Bette Midler - Ricky Martin - Rosie ODonnell

Advertisement

More Bette Midler

50 Cent And Bette Midler? Our Favorite Celebrity BFFs

Unlike Jennifer Lawrence and her rather normal best friend, Laura Simpson, celebs often pick other famous people to have as their BFFs. They all probably...

20 Feet From Stardom Movie Review

Entertaining and uplifting, this Oscar-winning documentary tells the unknown story of the back-up singers who made classic records so memorable. Packed with lively, engaging people...

L'Wren Scott Death: Bianca Jagger Leads Tributes To Fashion Designer And Mick Jagger Girlfriend

L'Wren Scott has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment this morning after what is believed to have been a suicide. The 49 year-old fashion...

Oscar Producers Zadan And Meron Tease Some Of This Year's Biggest Moments

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a controversial hit out of the Oscars last year, but they might be on thin ice this...

Advertisement

Sigourney Weaver And Bette Midler Arrive At The GLWD 2013 Golden Heart Awards - Part 1

'Hocus Pocus' star Bette Midler and 'Alien' star Sigourney Weaver were among the star arrivals at the God's Love We Deliver 2013 Golden Heart Awards...

Bette Midler, The Toast Of Broadway For One-Woman Show 'I'll Eat You Last'

Bette Midler has made her triumphant return to the floorboards of New York's most famous theatre district, having been away from the stages of Broadway...

Opening Night: Bette Midler In 'I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers' [Pictures]

Bette Midler stars in I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. The play tells the story of the fading glamour of one of...

'I'll Eat You Last' Sees Beth Midler At Her Very Best As The Witty And Cynical Sue Mengers

Bette Midler is Sue Mengers. In I’ll Eat You Last, the funny, outspoken actress plays the infamous 70s talent agent with such clarity and wit,...

Advertisement

Comments

Bette Midler Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Bette Midler

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All