Brittney Griner Encourages Youth to Come Out at GLAAD Awards


WNBA Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner continues to inspire the world with her coming out experience. On May 11, the brave basketball rookie was spotted at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco where she talked about coming out privately to her mother.

“I came out to my mom first. My mom was–it was cool. It was pretty weird. Sat on the stairs, she sat in her room. I was like, ‘Mom, got to tell you something.’ Came out, told her, she was like, ‘I love you.’ I was like, ‘Alright, well I’m going to go play some video games.’”

Today, the Baylor graduate encourages youth to do the same despite living in an era where homosexuality is still taboo.

“I encourage all youth, elder, doesn’t matter what age group you fall in. It’s never too late. It’s never too early,” Griner said. “If you know, then you know. Come out, don’t hide it. Don’t try to be like anybody else. Be who you are. Be comfortable in your own skin.”

Watch Griner’s entire speech below.

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