Michael Sam, Jason Collins and more tweet support for newly out UMass guard Derrick Gordon

By Megan Townsend, GLAAD’s Entertainment and Operations Coordinator |

Derrick Gordon, a guard on the Minutemen basketball team at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, came out on ESPN this morning and is now the first active openly gay male National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball player. Several athletes, including out sports stars Michael Sam, Brittney Griner and Jason Collins, alongside others have tweeted their support for Gordon.

Michael Sam ✔ @MikeSamFootball


Many congratulations to you Derrick Gordon @flash2gordon – you have so many in your corner and we’re all proud and rooting for you #courage

9:48 AM – 9 Apr 2014

Brittney Griner ✔ @brittneygriner


I commend Derrick Gordon for coming out. It took a lot of nerves, especially while in college! I have a ton of respect for him!

1:18 PM – 9 Apr 2014

Jason Collins ✔ @jasoncollins34


I’m so proud of @flash2gordon. Another brave young man who is going to make it easier for so many others to live an authentic life. #courage

11:41 AM – 9 Apr 2014

Jabarie Hinds @JHinds4


Proud of my teammate Derrick Gordon and his announcement today to the world we support you, ain’t nothing changing ..#brotherhood #UM

10:27 AM – 9 Apr 2014

Chely Wright ✔ @chelywright


What an important thing Derrick Gordon has done by coming out. UMass Div 1 BBall player. Way to go, Derrick! http://www.aol.com/article/2014/04/09/umass-basketball-player-gordon-comes-out-as-gay/20866000/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D462756 …

11:40 AM – 9 Apr 2014

Russell Simmons ✔ @UncleRUSH


RT @GlobalGrindNews: Progress! UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon reveals he is gay http://bit.ly/1qrcH1j

10:25 AM – 9 Apr 2014

Ron Perlman ✔ @perlmutations


@dailydot: UMass’s Derrick Gordon just came out—on Instagram: http://bit.ly/1k44aRE pic.twitter.com/MJ7660lQmH” What a great kid!

11:34 AM – 9 Apr 2014

UMass @UMass


#UMass #Amherst: M. Basketball. University of Massachusetts Statements Of Support For Derrick Gordon http://ow.ly/2FvyRm

10:50 AM – 9 Apr 2014

“I’ve always loved sports but always felt I had to hide and be someone that I’m not. For my whole life I’ve been living my life as a lie,” said Gordon to ESPN. “I am telling my story so that athletes never feel like they have to hide. You can be true to yourself and play the sport that you love.” Derrick Gordon’s announcement comes just one day after the completion of the NCAA Basketball National Championship.

“The tidal wave of support for gay and lesbian athletes continues to surge forward,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Derrick’s bold decision to come out as gay isn’t just significant, it’s inspirational. Today, countless young basketball players, athletes, and men of color have another outstanding role model who reflects the fact that you can be who you want to be no matter who you love.”

“I was deeply moved watching Derrick open his heart to his UMass basketball family.  His desire to invite his teammates into his life speaks to how athletes view their teammates as their family,” said Wade Davis, Executive Director of the You Can Play Project. “I love being a part of an organization that continues to foster the creation of safe spaces for all individuals to be their authentic selves.”

Congratulations on coming out, Derrick, and we wish you the best in your career!