(CNN) — President Barack Obama told reporters Tuesday that he’s proud of Jason Collins, the NBA center who came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated column this week.
Obama said he has talked to Collins.
“He seemed like a terrific young man. I told him I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Obama said.
“One of the extraordinary measures of progress we have seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality — not just partial equality, not just tolerance, but a recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.”