Born in the United States and raised in England, John Amaechi started his basketball career at Penn State. He played for four NBA teams in five years.
In February of 2007, he was the first male pro basketball player to come out, making him the sixth male athlete in major U.S. pro sports to come out, ever. Despite the ensuing controversy, Amaechi remained focused, saying, "I'm resilient enough, eloquent enough, and outspoken enough to try and open some minds." He became a spokesman for Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project, and published his autobiography, Man in the Middle.
Openly-gay tennis star Martina Navratilova praised Amaechi's forthrightness, declaring him a role model for kids.
This Rainbow Minute was read by Dustin Richardson.
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