No. 1 WNBA draft pick comes out as gay

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Brittney Griner.

In an interview with USA Today, Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft and new member of the Phoenix Mercury, talked openly about being gay.

Griner also talked with Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press.

She told The AP: "It was hard. Just being picked on for being different. Just being bigger, my sexuality, everything… Definitely something that I am very passionate about. I want to work with kids and bring recognition to the problem, especially with the LGBT community."

Griner talked to young people through an interview with Sports Illustrated: "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."

Griner, 22, played for Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and was the first NCAA basketball player ever to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots.

She's an All-American player, player of the year and outstanding player of the Final Four.

She starts her professional career on May 27 when the Mercury play the Chicago Sky.