Jason Collins is a former professional basketball player who was a center for 13 seasons and also the first openly gay active player in the NBA. Born in Northridge, California, he played college basketball for Stanford, where he was an All-American in 2000–01. With the Brooklyn Nets, he made history in 2014 when he became the first openly gay athlete to play in a game in the United States’ four major professional leagues. In 2014, Collins was featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue. He lives in Los Angeles.