Brittney Griner covers ESPN Magazine & talks about being gay and being bullied in the “Taboo” issue
“I am 100-percent happy,” she says. “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.
I stumbled across a FAB article ESPN Magazine did with women’s basketball star Brittney Griner (whom I had the privilege of meeting during Final Four). The publication sat down with Brittney and discussed her sexuality, her history with being bullied, and her love for basketball. Griner also talked about how attending Baylor infringed upon her internal happiness by forcing her to stay n a “glass closet”. This article is amazing and it’s wonderful to see Griner be so open about who she is and what she’s been through in life. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below. Read the full article HERE.
On telling recruiters at Baylor she was a lesbian:
“I was like, ‘I’m gay; I hope that’s not a problem.’ And she told me that it wasn’t.”
On being open with her sexuality after leaving Baylor:
“Since I left Baylor, I haven’t done anything that’s not truly me,” she says. “And that’s risky. Even being openly gay is taking a risk. People are either going to understand or they’ll be like, ‘Hell no, we’re not accepting that.’”
On her flower tattoo that screams androgyny:
“So many people exist between the two ends of the spectrum, but no one wants to admit it. If you’re in between, they say something is wrong with you. ‘We can fix you.’ Well, I don’t need fixing.”
On being “out and pride”:
“I am 100-percent happy,” she says. “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.”