Top WNBA Pick Brittney Griner on Being Gay: ‘Don’t Hide Who You Really Are’

By Jamilah King Apr 18, 2013

Top WNBA draft pick and Baylor University senior Brittney Griner nonchalantly became one of the highest profile LGBT athletes in the country recently when she confirmed in an interview that she is gay. In an [interview with ESPN](, Griner joined fellow draft picks Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne in a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from [bullying](–wnba.html) to sexuality. "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 told ESPN, before going into more detail about her decision to come out publicly. "It really wasn’t too difficult," she said of the decision. "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." Griner, who was selected first overall by the Phoenix Mercury, is one of the most decorated female athletes to ever play college basketball. She’s a three time All-American, a former AP Player of the Year, and has more blocked shots than any player in men’s or women’s college basketball.