Brittney Griner

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Former Baylor University basketball star Brittney Griner has come forward saying that the school told her to keep quiet about her sexual orientation.

Griner, who is now playing for the Golden Bulls in China, explained that while she never hid the fact that she was a lesbian, she was encouraged to hide it during her days at Baylor.

The Baptist school has an official policy regarding sexual orientation, which says that homosexuality is a deviation from the norm and that they expect students "will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching."

The athlete opened up about her early days as a basketball player in a new autobiography titled, In My Skin.

"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 wrote.

"That is, as long as those gay athletes don't talk about being gay."

Griner added. "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."

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