It's weird to us that the idea of being openly gay in professional sports is even a discussion in 2013 — that shizz should have happened YEARS ago!
A lot of debate is going on in the male sports arenas about whether or not players should be open about their sexuality, but in the WNBA it's less of a big deal because the women have been embracing it for a while already! It doesn't matter to them whether or not their teammates are gay, and absolutely they should be open about it!
Here's what No. 1 draft pick in the WNBA (and possibly NBA!), Brittney Griner had to say about it. You know, as an openly gay player:
"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."
Woo! We agree 100%!
So was it hard for her? Not really:
"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…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."
So inspirational! We wish male professional sports would take a page out of the WNBA on this matter! Though, we're starting to see that they are — especially with the NHL officially supporting an LGBT movement and all!
Elena Delle Donne really drives the point home that sports should be accepting, and that all that matters is if you can play:
"In our sport, we're fine with it. We're all friends, and I want everybody to be who they are. You shouldn't have to lie, that's not fair. Hopefully the men can one day adopt that same attitude that we have."
Make a move, boys!
[Image via WENN.]