Michelle Obama Invites Gay NBA Star, Boston Victims

US First Lady Michelle Obama has invited two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and the first openly gay NBA player to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, according to a statement from the White House on Monday, January 27.

The First Lady’s box

Jason Collins, the first NBA athlete to openly acknowledge his sexuality, is among one of the few who received the first round of invites to watch the January 28 address – with the First Lady in her official box.

Joining Collins would be Boston Survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman. Arredondo, 53, was at the center of one of the clearer images of April’s bomb attack. He helped rush the badly injured 27-year-old Bauman for treatment. Since the incident, Arredondo and Bauman have become close friends.

Bauman lost both legs in the attack.

Other invitees that the White House revealed included Gary Bird, a fire chief who supervised the search and rescue efforts after the devastating Oklahoma tornado that hit the country in May 2013.