Huffington Post
July 22, 2013

Once the victim of vicious bullying, openly gay WNBA star Brittney Griner is embracing her new role as inspiration and superstar.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times this week, Griner, an NCAA phenom who came out as a lesbian before the WNBA draft in April, opened up about her difficult teen years and the responsibility she feels as a role model to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

"I didn't have a real role model that I could look up to that was out openly," the 22-year-old Houston native said. "I knew there were a lot of younger girls that needed someone."