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Mother says NBA player's 'coming out' may help others

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One day after an NBA player announces he's gay, people are still talking.

From the sports world and even the president, many are showing their support for the Jason Collins.

KSFY News met with a member of PFLAG to find out how significant this announcement is for parents of gays and lesbians.

We spoke with a mother who is a member of the group PFLAG, which stands for Parents -- Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

She says we've seen public figures come out before but it was very brave of Collins to come out while he is still playing in the NBA.

And she believes Collins coming out may help others.

Terri Carlson couldn't be happier with NBA player Jason Collins coming out to the world that he's gay.

"A wonderful basketball player, a wonderful movie star can be gay and still do their job and that's what we want for our kids. We want equality. We just want them to be accepted for who they are," Carlson said.

Collin's announcement hit close to home for Terri. her own son came out to her when he was in college.

"He actually told his father and I that he knew he was gay when he was a young boy. He grew up in Yankton, South Dakota and graduated with honors from their high school, and went off to Los Angeles to USC Film School," Carlson said.

But she says after his time living in L. A., he felt comfortable to come home and come out to his family.

"I think he likes living where he is because its been easier to be gay there. My dream is that it would be easier to be gay everywhere," Carlson said.

And so far, Collins also has been getting support from other players.

"I just think it's going to help his career and help all of us see that it doesn't make any difference if he's gay or straight, if he's still a great basketball player," Carlson said.

And Terri hopes Jason Collins' coming out will help others both parents and their children.

"When we see the world's moving forward, parents feel they don't have to hide it as much," Carlson said.

"We love it that people are coming out and we see that it's not this terrible thing," Carlson added.

Terri says anyone can be a member of PFLAG.

They have parents and straight allies who work together to do what they can to help others make their journey and focus on equality.

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