Jason Collins, left, and Josh Hutcherson at the 5th Annual 3-on-3 Nike Basketball Tournament at L.A. Live. (Efrain Valdez/Living Out Loud LA)
The 5th Annual 3-on-3 Nike Basketball Tournament returned to L.A. Live, and The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson hosted the 2nd annual 3-on-3 celebrity game benefiting the Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN) campaign that prepares and trains young heterosexual adults to support the LGBT community.
Hutcherson participated on behalf of SBNN to honor NBA’s Jason Collins for his courage and pride to fight for equality, and giving hope to those who struggle to be accepted due to their homosexuality.
Collins, a former center for the Washington Wizards, has received praise and support from the NBA and LGBT community after confessing he’s gay.
When asked if he thinks Collins will get signed by an NBA team, Hutcherson said, “I don’t see why not, anything can happen, he’s talented and just because he’s gay that does not mean he cannot compete with other NBA talent.”
Other stars like One Tree Hill’s, James Lafferty, and DJ Eman from L.A.’s number one Hip-Hop station, Power 106, shared that participating in this Nike Tournament is important because it raises awareness around the world that celebrities, too, accept and see themselves as equals to their LGBT peers.
“At the end of the day we are all the same people. We are all human. So any support that we give each other it matters,” said DJ Eman.
Check out Josh Hutcherson in the video below advocating equality with the straight and LGBT community.