Jason Collins and Rep. Joe Kennedy III
at Boston Pride. Credit: AP Press

On Tuesday, Greater Boston PFLAG held its annual Pride and Passion Benefit, a scholarship and fundraising event. This year, they honored Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, and Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III. Greater Boston PFLAG also awarded their scholarships to 11 high school seniors.

Quoted over here at The Edge Media Network, PFLAG Greater Boston president Tom Bourdon reflected on honoring Collins and Congressman Kennedy, a member of the Equality Caucus on the Hill: “"The acceptance and mutual support between these men, and the work they have done changing hearts and minds, has helped to make environments safer for LGBTQ people, and makes them a no-brainer for PFLAG's honorees.”

Congressman Kennedy was Jason Collins’s roommate at Stanford University. Kennedy said, referencing University of Massachusetts student-athlete Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay Division 1 NCAA basketball player, “It is Gordon and Collins who really deserve the praise.” Gordon declared himself for the NBA draft after coming out publicly following his junior season. He also attended Pride and Passion on Tuesday night.

Derrick Gordon. Credit: Ty Wright

Gordon reflected, "Everyone is waiting to see if I get drafted. It's a lot of pressure, but I don't let it get to me.”

"What we need is more possibility models," said Collins, whom Gordon refers to as his big brother.

Congrats on a great event, Greater Boston PFLAG! And special congratulations to the eleven high school seniors awarded PFLAG scholarships! Do good work, and all the best in your future endeavors.

The Boston 11 Receiving PFLAG Scholarships.
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