WNBA #1 draft pick Brittney Griner wants to work with teens in the LGBT community


We’ve spent a lot of time this year discussing gay athletes and professional sports leagues. This week, the first pick in the WNBA draft, Brittney Griner, gave an interview where she discussed why gay athletes in women’s sports seems to be accepted.

“I really couldn’t give an answer on why that’s so different,” Griner told SI.com. “Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are.”

Griner said it doesn’t matter what others might think of her or other gay athletes.

“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 said.

Griner said she was “picked on for being different”

“Just being bigger, my sexuality, everything,” she told the AP. “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.”

Open dialogue will help raise levels of tolerance.


photo via WNBA

  • DevinJ

    The thing that bothers me about her coming out pubically is that it didn’t distill the gay community’s fervor for an athlete to come out. For them it has to be a male athlete in team sporfs because its pretty much a given that women who play spors are stereotypically gay!!!! Funny when people in glass houses throw stones and are the first to call someone a bigot. A female conttibuter at Outsports talks about this and how its sexist and lessens the contributions of all athletes.