(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) Just as Jason Collins, a veteran NBA player, announced he is gay, a hall of fame for gay athletes and allies launched in Chicago.

The nonprofit National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame will accept nominees beginning this summer. Its goal is to honor people and organizations that have “stood up to stereotypes” and embraced gay and lesbian athletes, said Bill Gubrud, executive director and board chairman.

“We’re not just going to honor gay athletes, but other athletes who helped those gay athletes along and provided a safe haven,” Gubrud said.

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