Brittney Griner Hopes to be a Light that Inspires Others
May 6, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Senior Digital Strategist
WNBA star Brittney Griner said in an op-ed released yesterday in The New York Times that she is proud to unite with NBA’s Jason Collins to help those who may be struggling with their own coming out process.
"I want everyone to feel at peace and O.K. with being who he or she is," she wrote. "I think that’s what makes life beautiful: everyone is different and we can all learn from one another."
Griner announced she was gay in April just before she was tapped as this year’s WNBA No. 1 draft pick. She first came out to her family in the ninth grade, but until recently had not felt the need to come out publically.
She said she was thrilled when Collins came out last week.
“Not only was I extremely happy for him, I thought that maybe, just maybe, his courage and the wave of positive reaction meant that we were on the verge of an era when people accept and celebrate one another’s differences,” she said.
Each individual’s coming out process is a unique and deeply personal journey. For more information on coming out and for resources on coming out as an LGBT or allied individual, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center.
Read Griner’s op-ed in its entirety here.