WNBA's Brittney Griner: I've Already Come Out... and Had Few Problems Doing So

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    Apr 18, 2013 12:48 AM GMT
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    Way to go, young lady:

    http://deadspin.com/brittney-griner-outs-herself-as-already-out-475269554

    DeadspinIt's been two days since Brittney Griner was unsurprisingly picked No. 1 overall in the WNBA draft by the Phoenix Mercury. As far as anyone can tell, Griner has not publicly mentioned her sexuality before. Now, in the most subtle of ways, the former Baylor star just did.

    This afternoon, Griner did a video interview with SI's Maggie Gray that also included Elena Della Donne and Skylar Diggins, the No. 2 and No. 3 picks in the draft, respectively. When the topic turned to sexuality and sports, Griner candidly came right out with it:


    Brittney Griner, via SI"I really couldn't give an answer on why that's so different. Being one that's out, it's just being who you are. 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."


    DeadspinGray followed up by asking Griner if it was harder for someone like her, as a famous athlete, to come out. Griner was just as nonchalant about that, too:


    Brittney G. (via SI)"It really wasn't too difficult, I wouldn't say I was hiding or anything like that. I've always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn't hard at all. If I can show that I'm out and I'm fine and everything's OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way."


    SI video interview: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20130417/wnba-griner-delle-donne-diggins-sports-sexuality/

    (and to the yahoos; yes, 90% of America already knows about her voice -- you're late to that party)
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    Apr 18, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
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    Apr 18, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    Among the most prominent lesbian WNBA players past and present, 3-Time MVP Sheryl Swoopes came out in 2005, 2011 Finals MVP Seimone Augustus is currently engaged to her fiance, and 6-time All-Star and former scoring champ Chamique Holdsclaw is awaiting her day in court after assaulting her (also former WNBA player) ex-girlfriend's car.

    Plenty more, of course.

    However, Griner will become the most prominent of all current players, considering her athletic dunking ability putting her way above her peers and opening her up for all kinds of marketing opportunities, and not just those of the LGBT-oriented variety.
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    Apr 18, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
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    Three threads? That's all?
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    Apr 18, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
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    Three threads? That's all?


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    Apr 19, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    I had the chance to meet Brittney and hangout with her in New Orleans. She's very awesome!
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    Apr 29, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
    Female Star Comes Out as Gay, and Sports World Shrugs

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/sports/ncaabasketball/brittney-griner-comes-out-and-sports-world-shrugs.xml
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    Apr 29, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
    Good on her for coming out but she is bad for basketball.
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    Apr 29, 2013 8:26 PM GMT

    I know this is going to sound bad, but aren't most women in the WNBA presumed to be lesbian, anyway? Yes...Yes... It's a bad stereotype, but I think that many people aren't paying all that much attention to it because it's something they all ready knew.



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    Apr 30, 2013 2:04 PM GMT
    He_Man said
    I know this is going to sound bad, but aren't most women in the WNBA presumed to be lesbian, anyway? Yes...Yes... It's a bad stereotype, but I think that many people aren't paying all that much attention to it because it's something they all ready knew.





    I'd be far more shocked if one of them came out as straight.
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    Apr 30, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    He_Man said
    I know this is going to sound bad, but aren't most women in the WNBA presumed to be lesbian, anyway? Yes...Yes... It's a bad stereotype, but I think that many people aren't paying all that much attention to it because it's something they all ready knew.





    Being perceived is lesbian is not a "bad" stereotype, just to clarify. Or at least it shouldn't be. But I understand what you were trying to ask.

    Actually, that perception came about because women-in-sports, in general, has learned to become LBT-inclusive far longer than men-in-sports with GBT. The LPGA and WTA also get those perceptions, usually from straight women who are masking their jealousies and men who'd rather lean on their hypermasculine misogyny and their phobias to dismiss female athleticism out-of-hand.

    Orientation is something viewer "already knew," or think they know, until presented with evidence to the contrary. Sadly, that singular characteristic defines many viewer's desire to enjoy the players in competition with one another.

    As an aside, the decade-plus existence of the WNBA (and the ABL before that) turns the "OMG, gays and straights showering together!" pearl-clutching from others on its head. These women have been showering together for decades and have had NO problems with each other. Just as Jason Collins swapped soap with hundreds of teammates from high school through NBA.
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    Apr 30, 2013 5:21 PM GMT
    msuNdc saidGood on her for coming out but she is bad for basketball.


    Oh I think she's SUPER for the sport. She's single-handedly forced the male-dominated sports world to watch a sport that was 99.99% jumpers and layups.

    Opposing teams have GOT to gameplan for her in a way they don't have to versus 90% of WNBA centers. And she's already on a star-studded lineup that will benefit when defenders clog the lane trying to stop her.

    LA's Candace Parker, straight and married to an ex-NBA player, has been and will be her prime competition going forward. She can throw it down, too, but not nearly with Griner's proficiency. People will pretend they're not looking to see those two bang away in the paint... but they'll watch. Far more than will check out, say, a Diana Taurasi in a 30-plus-point shootout with Skylar Diggins.

    Fans will cheer her style, others will hate it. Which is perfect for her personal PR, and perfect for WNBA hoops.
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    Jul 03, 2013 12:35 PM GMT
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    Another recent example of "I'm Already Out, the Media is Just Now Figuring it Out."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/sharnee-zoll-norman-comes_n_3534937.html

    HuffPostWomen's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Chicago Sky guard Sharnee Zoll-Norman officially came out during an exclusive interview with the Windy City Times.

    The five-foot-seven-inch basketball player is married and has mentioned her wife in previous interviews, but her sexuality has never been publicized. The former Los Angeles Sparks player intentionally never had a formal coming out.

    "It's never been printed," she said.

    Zoll-Norman continued saying that she never felt that her sexuality had any connection with her basketball career.

    "I never felt whether I'm gay, straight, bi, [or] whatever that my sexuality had anything to do with me as a basketball player, and I don't think it necessarily has anything to do with me as a person," she said. "If I was straight, I wouldn't have to come out and say that I was straight."