Progress: Brittney Griner Wants All to Embrace Differences
WNBA star writes in The New York Times about coming out, abuse endured over the years.
In the wake of NBA star Jason Collins
revealing his sexuality in a Sports Illustrated column, Griner’s story went into the shadows.
On Sunday, she got to share her experiences in a powerful New York Times essay
. Griner boldly stated, “Just as basketball doesn’t define who I am, neither does being gay.”
Here are some of the highlights from her message:
-Griner came out to her mom in the ninth grade. The reaction was positive.
“I knew then that it didn’t matter what my sexuality was; my mom and family would always love me for who I am. For me, the simplicity behind coming out was both powerful and beautiful. No drama, just acceptance and love.”
-Griner didn’t receive much media attention after her sexuality was disclosed publicly.
“Frankly, it didn’t matter at all to me. I simply answered a question honestly and am just happy to tell my truth and to be in a position to encourage others to do the same. It’s all about living an honest life and being comfortable in your own skin. It strengthens me to know that Jason and I (along with so many other out pioneers and allies) are united in a mission to inspire others who may be struggling. I want everyone to feel at peace and O.K. with being who he or she is.”
-Griner was bullied in her middle school and high school days. She finds strength to encourage everyone to embrace their individuality.
“No one deserves to go through that type of abuse. . . It always confused me; I never thought that to be beautiful, you had to look any certain way at all. In my opinion, you’re beautiful because you are you.”
-She will continue to spread acceptance and help all live in truth.
“It’s my job now to, I hope, be a light who inspires others.”
You go, girl!
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