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NBA player Collins joins thousands in Boston Pride Parade

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BOSTON ( -- Thousands marched in the annual Boston Pride parade Saturday to show their support for the gay community.

Attendees included local lawmakers, members of the Boston police department, and NBA veteran Jason Collins.

Collins walked alongside his one-time roommate at Stamford University, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Collins wore a T-shirt that read #BeTrue.

In April, Collins became the first active player in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He wrote in a story posted on the Sports Illustrated website that the decision to go public came when Kennedy, now a Democratic congressman, marched in last year's parade and Collins didn't feel that he could join him.

Collins also said the Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that things can change in an instant, so he might as well live truthfully.

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, who represented Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District before Kennedy, also marched in the parade. Frank was the first sitting member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage.

The parade's grand marshal, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, did not march because he is recovering from prostate surgery. Still, he came out of the city-owned house to greet Collins, Kennedy and other marchers as they passed by.

This year's parade, which carried the theme "Moving Forward… Proud, Strong, United," comes just weeks before the Supreme Court will determine whether or not the Defense of Marriage Act is Constitutional. The law prevents same sex couples from getting the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

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