Brittney_Griner_142390193_620x350Brittney Griner is a champion on and off the court. The 6-foot-8, three-time All-America basketball star from Baylor was the No. 1 overall draft pick in Monday’s WNBA draft. On Wednesday, Griner, for the first time publically, talked about her sexuality in an interview with SI.com.

Griner emphasized being who you are despite what others may think. Being in the public spotlight, Griner realizes that she will be a role model to many youth and she wants to lead by example, especially being a professional athlete during a time when there are few openly gay athletes on professional teams.

“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.”

The advice and encouragement goes out to other athletes but also out to youth in the LGBT community who struggles with identity and bullying, something Griner has also experiences in her life. She said she was “picked on for being different” while dealing with her own sexuality.  READ MORE