Phoenix Mercury out player Brittney Griner is putting Baylor University under fire in her new memoir, In My Skin. The 6’8″ Texas native, currently playing for the China Golden Bulls, says she suspects the lack of acceptance for LGBT students is rooted in the Christine doctrine the school abides by, but that it doesn’t quite add up.
“The more I think about it, the more I feel like the people who run the school want it both ways: they want to keep the policy, so they can keep selling themselves a Christian university, but they are more than happy to benefit from the success of their gay athletes,” she writes. “That is, as long as those gay athletes don’t talk about being gay.”
“At Baylor, we celebrate our distinctive place in higher education – where research, scholarship and faith guide the mind in understanding the complex diversity of God’s creation and prepare the whole person for service and leadership,” the website reads.
The school also goes on to state: “Our student body comes from 49 states and more than 85 countries, and that diversity means a variety of background, cultures and beliefs. Despite assumptions to the contrary, students are not required to embrace the Baptist tradition to become part of the Baylor family and enjoy all that Baylor has to offer.”
The school released a statement recently condemning homosexuality. Dubbed “Statement on Human Sexuality,” the statement reads: “It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching…The University encourages students struggling with these issues to avail themselves of opportunities for serious, confidential discussion.”
Griner is enjoying post-Grad life. She told USA Today in a recent interview: “My life is definitely different than it was in college,” says Griner. “I love the freedom that comes with being an adult. No one’s telling you what to do, nothing’s planned out. You know what you have to do, you can get to practice two hours before or walk in at the last second.”
Will she ever publicly support her former stomping grounds? It appears the damage has been done for Griner.
“I would love to be an ambassador for Baylor, to show my school pride, but it’s hard to do that…I’ve spent too much of my life being made to feel like there’s something wrong with me. And no matter how much support I felt as a basketball player at Baylor, it still doesn’t erase all the pain I felt there,” shares Griner in the book.