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In a pre-draft interview with USA Today, 22-year-old Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in this year’s WNBA draft and new member of the Phoenix Mercury, decided to come out publicly.

She later opened more up to various news outlets about her coming out journey, bullying, and her passion to work with the LGBT community.

"It was hard. Just being picked on for being different,” She told the Associated Press. “Just being bigger, my sexuality, everything… 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."

Griner later in an emotional interview with Sports Illustrated offered words of encourage to those struggling along the coming out journey.

"Being one that's out, it's just being who you are,” she said. “Again, like I said, just be who you are. 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."

We applaud Griner’s commitment to the LGBT community and the positive role model she serves to LGBT youth.

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