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Washington Mystics’ Stefanie Dolson Comes Out

by Emily Simeral Roberts May 17, 2016

Former University of Connecticut women’s basketball standout and current All-Star center forward for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics Stefanie Dolson came out in a soon-to-be-published issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Dolson, who wrote a piece for ESPN The Magazine’s May 23 WNBA Issue, said she made the decision to come out through a social media post because she had to be true to herself and wanted her fans to know the real her.

“Before posting, I thought about what people might say because this photo made it clear that we’re together, but then I realized that the reactions of others didn’t matter to me,” Dolson wrote. “I wanted people who are fans and supporters to know who I really am.”

She also noted that her generation’s ever-growing comfortability with sexuality and being open has taught her that gender comes second to someone’s personality. Dolan also touched on her ability to be a role model for youth who might not feel comfortable with themselves as part of the LGBTQ community.

“There are a lot of girls who struggle being who they are. We need people who are out so that those girls know it’s OK to be themselves, regardless of stereotypes,” wrote Dolson. “I just am who I am. And I’m happy.”

Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.

Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion -- from fear to euphoria. Coming out -- whether it is as LGBT or allied -- is a deeply personal journey for each individual. Learn more at HRC’s Coming Out Center.

Emily Simeral Roberts
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