Brittney Griner acknowledges that she is a lesbian
This year’s number one WNBA draft pick, Brittney Griner recently acknowledged publicly that she is a lesbian. Not wanting to make a big deal out of her coming out story the WNBA number one pick had no choice but to face questions about her sexuality during a round of questions with the media.
Brittney Griner has said that she wants to encourage those apart of the LGBT community to just be themselves and not care what others think.
Brittney when asked about her sexuality by the media, did not hide from the questions but faced them head on and she credits her parents for always encouraging her to be herself no matter what people may say about her.
Brittney Griner who before coming out publicly had not come out fully to her parents yet but did have some what of a talk with them about being herself.
“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,” Brittney said referring to her parents about being lesbian.
During an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday Brittney on the topic of being bullied said, “It was hard, just being picked on for being different, just 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.”
Brittney Griner just wants the younger generation who are struggling with their sexuality to just be themselves and not care what others think about you, just be yourself she says.
Brittney Griner and fellow draftees Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins have all said that it is easier for female athletes to come out of the closet then it is for their male counterparts.
Before wrapping up the interview Brittney Griner concluded with, “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.”