Aug 20, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Liberty center Stefanie Dolson (31) looks to pass the ball against the Chicago Sky during the second half of Game 2 of the first round of the WNBA playoffs at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports | Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Washington Mystics center Stefanie Dolson has decided to come out in a very public way, talking with ESPN The Magazine about living life openly and her conclusion that she just doesn’t care what people think of her. It’s a must-read first-person account and gives a lot of insight into the lives of WNBA players, so many of whom are LGBT and still publicly closeted.

Not everyone in the WNBA needs to be out, but I feel called to lead an authentic life in the open. I know who I am and I don’t care if people judge me. I am 6-5, and I dye my hair purple and experiment a lot with fashion. My motto is: If they’re going to stare, they might as well stare at something fun. 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. By being open, I give them someone to look up to, and however they identify, I can inspire them to support equality and LGBT issues.

Dolson won the NCAA national championship twice with the Univ. of Connecticut and was a WNBA All-Star selection last season. She is also the first WNBA player to come out publicly in over a year.

Take a look at the piece, and also have a listen to the ESPN podcast in which former Outsports contributor Katie Barnes and Dolson talk about her coming-out story.