The Role of Race in Jason Collins' Coming-Out Story

Jason Collins began his Sports Illustrated cover story with these lines: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." How does race play a role in his story? Watch as Jason and Oprah discuss the stigma of being gay in African-American culture. Plus, find out how Jason's gay uncle served as a role model during his "baking" process.

Mon, May 6, 2013 1:48 PM EDT

NBA center Jason Collins spoke with Oprah recently about his decision to become the first active male professional athlete in a major American sport to come out as openly gay. Collins shocked the sports world one week ago when he announced his sexuality in a [beautifully written Sport Illustrated cover story]( With Oprah, he elaborated a bit on what it means for him to be black, openly gay, and a person of faith. "I grew up in a very religious family," Collins told Oprah. "I knew as an African-American that it adds another dimension to the discussion," he said of race impacts the discussion of his sexuality.