So that’s why Brittney Griner is talking about her sexuality now.

25 May 2013

Women’s basketball phenomenon Brittney Griner has been an out lesbian since her freshman year in high school, but most fans only learned about it after an interview she did last month with Sports Illustrated. Turns out that’s because her university told her to be quiet about it.

Credit: Jeff Wilson

2013-04-15-brittney-griner-3_4_r537_c0-0-534-712She now chalks it up to recruiting — coaches told her that parents wouldn’t let their kids come to Baylor if it appeared this private, religious, conservative university condoned the gay, as she explains in an interview with ESPN.

Because Baylor, which has “affirmed purity in singleness and fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm,” explains in its sexual misconduct rules that “Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching” and that the university will “strive to deal in a constructive and redemptive manner with all who fail to live up to this high standard.”


Which raises a few interesting questions. First, did anyone at the university ever tell Griner she had “failed” to adhere to their rules for sexual conduct, and seek to “deal” with her? Second, did the university set those standards aside in Griner’s case — because she was, after all, leading the women’s basketball team to glory — but not in the case of other LGBTQ students who, like Griner, are gay in plain sight? And finally, will the public acknowledgment of Griner’s out identity change the anti-gay culture at Baylor, given that people will ask these questions?

2 Responses to “So that’s why Brittney Griner is talking about her sexuality now.”

  1. Servetus Says:

    Whoa. Whoa. They’ll forget the gay if she plays basketball?

    • Didion Says:


      Not that this surprises me — after living in Texas I realized soon enough that if one were a talented athlete, one would be forgiven of breaking virtually all legal/ ethical/ moral violations. There were a string of student-athlete violent burglaries during one season, for example, that resulted in some very serious finger-wagging and nothing more.

      Still, considering the unusual and very conservative stringency of Baylor’s own code of sexual ethics, one wonders how administrators explained that one.

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