LGBT heritage month kickoff with NBA’s Jason Collins

05/30/2014 5:19 pm0 commentsViews: 58

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The NBA’s first openly gay player was among those
honored today by the Los Angeles City Council as part of a kickoff of the
city’s LGBT heritage month.
Jason Collins, a center for the Brooklyn Nets featured this year as one
of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” said he hopes
that one day being openly gay is not a big deal.
“We’re not there yet,” said Collins, who grew up in Northridge and
graduated from Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles. “So many people are
working hard to improve LGBT rights, equality. I’m honored to be part of the
conversation.”
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti presented awards to Collins and former City
Clerk June Lagmay, homeless youth advocate Carlos Sosa, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of

Jason Collins  NBA's first openly gay player  Photos by Gary McCarthy

Jason Collins NBA’s first openly gay player
Photos by Gary McCarthy

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Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Rabbi Denise Eger and former City Clerk June Lagmay received awards as part of a kickoff of the city's LGBT heritage month.

Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Rabbi Denise Eger and  City controller Ron Galperin received awards as part of a kickoff of the
city’s LGBT heritage month.

City Controller Ron Galperin

 
Beth Chayim Chadashim, community leaders Mignon Moore and Elaine Harley, and
Rabbi Denise Eger.
Garcetti said Los Angeles is known as a diverse city.
“The spirit of Los Angeles is a spirit that celebrates that
diversity,” Garcetti said. “We’re stronger for it. We know it. We cherish it.
We welcome all who wish to be who they are.”

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