In a television interview with Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray, former Baylor women’s basketball star Brittney Griner, who was also the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft this week, talked about being openly gay for the first time publicly.
When Gray asked about the difference between men and women on the issue of athletes being accepted after coming out, Griner had this to say:
“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.”
She also answered a follow-up question on how difficult of a decision it was to come out:
“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.”
While Griner is not the first WNBA player to speak openly about being a lesbian, she is arguably the most high-profile. Here’s the video of the interview: