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    Washington Mystics' Stefanie Dolson during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Former UConn star Stefanie Dolson has come out as an LGBT athlete in the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine.

    Dolson, who now plays for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA, revealed the news in the May 23 WNBA issue of the magazine.

    "There are a lot of girls who struggle with who they are. We need people who are out so that those girls know it's OK to be themselves, regardless of stereotypes," Dolson said in the article. 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 said she never considered the possibility of being gay until after her first WNBA season when a woman approached her in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C..

    In February, she posted a of her with a woman kissing her cheek and the caption "Love doesn't happen often, but when it does there's no better feeling."