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NBA's Jason Collins becomes first openly gay major pro athlete in North America: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University sports expert Matt Ventresca is available to talk about NBA centre Jason Collins admitting he is gay, making him the first professional athlete on a major North American sports team to come out.

Mr. Ventresca can talk about what this move will mean for Jason Collins’s career and what it means for the cultures of other sports outside of basketball. Mr. Ventresca notes that Jason Collins is a free agent so it will be interesting to see if his announcement will have an impact on his career.

“I think this is a great move – the story in Sports Illustrated is thoughtful. It goes deeper than just his homosexuality – it talks about some other identity issues and the importance of considering masculinity when talking about sexuality and sports,” says Mr. Ventresca.

Mr. Ventresca, a PhD student in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, has written and talked about You Can Play Project with students in his class.

Please note Mr. Ventresca is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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