Minnesota Lynx star Seimone Augustus hopes her coming out gay helps others.

The 28-year-old Augustus, who earned MVP honors while leading the Lynx to the 2011 WNBA championship, over the summer began discussing her engagement to longtime girlfriend LaTaya Varner, marking her public statements on her sexual orientation.

Varner is given credit for nudging Augustus to speak out against a proposed constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union in Minnesota.

In an August cover story for Twin Cities guide Vita.mn, Augustus discussed her decision to come out.

“You've got to be a role model, and that means letting people into your life and letting them in on the happiness and the joy,” she said. “And right now, I just finished a championship season and decided to propose to the love of my life.”

Augustus also served as co-grand marshal at Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in downtown Minneapolis, which she called one of the nation's finest.

“I feel like it's my people – people I'm comfortable being around. We just have this one time of year that we actually get to celebrate who we are and be comfortable with that,” she said.