Brittney Griner came out publicly as a lesbian in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray.
Griner was the No. 1 overall pick of the WNBA Draft on Monday.
Griner was asked about the differences between men's and women's sports, where the latter has several prominent, openly gay athletes.
"I really couldn't give an answer on why that's so different," said Griner. "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 was asked if the decision to be candid with her sexuality was difficult.
"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. So, it wasn't hard at all. 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."