Hall of Famer Sue Wicks carrying on advocacy for gender acceptance in PH visit
Sue Wicks was the first WNBA player to come out as gay and since then, the Women's Basketball Hall of Famer has been very vocal about gender acceptance. Jaime Campos

FORMER WNBA All-Star Sue Wicks is in town to teach kids the fundamentals of basketball in the 2017 Jr. NBA National Training Camp which will run from May 12 - 14.

She also has a bigger purpose.

Wicks was the first WNBA player to come out as gay and since then, the Women's Basketball Hall of Famer has been very vocal about gender acceptance.

"I can understand the conflict of these parents. I never feel like a spokesperson for sexuality, I think I’m a spokesperson of family and the fulfilment of a human potential," said Wicks who played for the New York Liberty from 1997 to 2002.

"My mother, when I was 18, before I even came out, she sent me a letter saying ‘I think you’re gay. If there’s a problem for you, don’t worry about it cause we don’t care, we want you to be happy.’"

Wicks became active talking about her sexuality upon the realization that non-acceptance has been one of the leading cause of teenage suicide, thanks to a conversation with a mother of her teammate when she came out.

From that point on, a woman reluctant to talk about sexuality became a vocal supporter of closeted gays.

"She was saying she had a couple of students who committed suicides. They committed that because they couldn’t deal with their parents and classmates making fun of them. She said to me, 'You should come out and give them a role model,'" Wicks continued.

"Because of the loneliness of that situation for all these young people, I will never deny saying who I was."

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