How does Jason Collins’ coming out change the discussion about gay equality?

I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. — Jason Collins

Jason Collins plays center for the Washington Wizards and came out in Sports Illustrated, “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different,'” he said. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Today’s Question: How does Jason Collins’ coming out change the discussion about gay equality?