Report: National Gay Athlete Hall of Fame Launched in Chicago

By Susan Jones | May 1, 2013 | 6:54 AM EDT

In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses with George Stephanopoulos during an interview, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless)

( - On the same day President Obama announced he "couldn't be prouder" of NBA star Jason Collins for announcing his sexual preference to the world, a new hall of fame for homosexual athletes launched in Chicago.

According to the Chicago Tribune: "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."

Gubrud, who is gay, said he hopes his organization can help debunk the stereotype that gay people don't like sports.

The nonprofit also hopes to start outreach programs in schools and park districts, the Tribune reported.