Buoyed by Jason Collins’s story, Joan Parker preps for PFLAG event

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As everyone knows by now, NBA player Jason Collins this week became the first active athlete in one of the four major sports to acknowledge he’s gay. And no one was happier than Joan Parker. The mother of two gay sons (and the widow of late great mystery writer Robert B. Parker), Parker told us she’s proud of Collins and pleased with the public’s response. “Every time [Collins’s] name is mentioned on a talk show, there’s a roar of applause,” said Parker.

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