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Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, Katy Perry Applaud NBA Player Who Came Out of the Closet

Image courtesy of RickyMartinMusic.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of RickyMartinMusic.com (via ABC News Radio)

Ricky Martin, Lance Bass and Katy Perry were among the several celebrities who chimed in on Twitter following Monday’s revelation that NBA player Jason Collins is gay.

Collins came out of the closet in an article published on Sports Illustrated ’s website. Collins, who appears on the cover of this week’s issue of the magazine, is the first-ever active player in a major American team sport to come out as gay.

Ricky Martin, who is gay himself, tweeted , “I don't know you personally [Jason Collins] but... CONGRATULATIONS buddy! You are a brave man! I'm very [happy] for you! #NBA #proud.”

Lance Bass, a former member of ‘NSYNC who is also gay, wrote , “Congrats @jasoncollins34 !! Giant leap for sports - and the conversation continues!”

Katy Perry echoed that sentiment. She re-tweeted Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody , who wrote, “Congrats, Jason Collins, and thank you!” and added , “Same!”

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