Being the No. 1 WNBA draft pick may be effortless to Brittney Griner — growing up on the other hand was not.
The former Baylor female basketball player recently sat down with ESPN The Magazine for its June 2013 issue. Inside, she opened up about her struggles with her sexual orientation while playing for Baylor University.
When I was at Baylor, I wasn’t fully happy because I couldn’t be all the way out. It feels so good saying it: I am a strong, black lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better.
On society’s acceptance of homosexuality:
I feel like you can be in between. You can be in left field, right field, center field. You can be whatever you want to be. Who is society to say… why do they have such a big control over how you live your life. Why do I have to fall under this strict column? [READ MORE]
The 6-foot-8 b-ball star also told the mag that her college basketball coach Kim Mulkey would discourage all players from being open about their sexuality. And as if discouragement from her coach wasn’t enough, Griner admitted that while in High School her dad struggled with accepting her sexual preference.
Check out the video for more of Brittney’s interview below.