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Brittney Griner has been picked up byt the Pheonix Mercury and is apparently one of the shining stars of the WNBA. She is also a lesbian. Griner chose to not make a big announcement about her sexuality, but did not hide from it when talking to the media. Grinner even brought it up herself when credigint her parents with encouraging ther to be herself no matter what.
She told USA Today that “My parents didn’t know at the time. I hadn’t come out completely. It was kind of like, YOU KNOW … I just hadn’t said it. My dad and my mom have always told me, ‘Be who you are.’ At the time, they probably weren’t sure what I was interpreting that as.”
She also told the AP that “It was hard, just being picked on for being different, hust being bigger, my sexuality, everything. I overcame it and got over it. Definitely something that I am very passionate about. I want to work with kids and bring recognition to the problem, especially with the LGBT community.”
Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggs were also interviewed by Sports Illustrated reporter Maggie Gray who asked about the greater acceptance of lesbians in women’s sports as compared to the acceptance of gays in men’s sports.
Griner stated “I really couldn’t give an answer on why that’s so different. Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.”
Griner was then asked if her status as a famous athlete made it difficult to come out to which she said “It really wasn’t too difficult, I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.”