Out WNBA player Brittney Griner spoke at the GLAAD awards this past week.
Her message? “Be who you are.”
Griner encourages all people, young and old, to be proud of themselves.
“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.”
She also told the youth to contact her on Twitter, if there’s ever a problem.
“Find me on Twitter. DM me, at me,” she said. “We will find help.”
Brittney went on to give an anecdote about her own coming out experience. She explains how it wasn’t planned and how it suddenly “just popped out.”
Brittney’s mom responded with an embrace and a message of love.
Hopefully this message of love and acceptance will encourage youth who live in homophobic atmospheres to find a haven.
All of our young people must know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with who they are.