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Adrian Walker

Jason Collins’ quiet facilitator

When Jason Collins got in touch with his friend US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III a few weeks ago, Kennedy had little idea what he wanted to talk about.

The former Stanford roommates agreed to meet in person, before the Marathon bombing upended Kennedy’s schedule. When they ­finally caught up by phone, Collins had ­major news: He was gay, and he was going to become a trailblazer, by becoming the first active major-sport American athlete to come out.

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