Tadd Fujikawa first openly gay male professional golfer after discussing sexuality in Instagram post

Golf


Japanese-American golfer Tadd Fujikawa is believed to be the first openly gay male professional golfer after he discussed his sexuality in an Instagram post.

Fujikawa, 27, said he hoped to inspire love and understanding by revealing his sexuality and also discussed mental health awareness on World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Hawaii-born golfer wrote:

“So I’m gay. Many of you have already known that. I don’t expect everyone to understand or accept me. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another.”

He added: “I’ve been back and forth for a while about opening up about my sexuality. I thought that I didn’t need to come out because it doesn’t matter if anyone knows.

“But I remember how much other’s stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope. I spent way too long pretending, hiding and hating who I was.

“Now I’m standing up for myself and the rest of the LGBTQ community in hopes of being an inspiration and making a difference in someone’s life.”

View this post on Instagram

*PLEASE READ* Coincidentally, today is world suicide prevention day. However, I was going to share this regardless. So…I’m gay. Many of you may have already known that.😅 I don’t expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another. I’ve been back and forth for a while about opening up about my sexuality. I thought that I didn’t need to come out because it doesn’t matter if anyone knows. But I remember how much other’s stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope. I spent way too long pretending, hiding, and hating who I was. I was always afraid of what others would think/say. I’ve struggled with my mental health for many years because of that and it put me in a really bad place. Now I’m standing up for myself and the rest of the LGBTQ community in hopes of being an inspiration and making a difference in someone’s life. Although it’s a lot more accepted in our society today, we still see children, teens, and adults being ridiculed and discriminated against for being the way we are. Some have even taken their lives because of it. As long as those things are still happening, I will continue to do my best to bring more awareness to this issue and to fight for equality. Whether the LGBTQ is what you support or not, we must liberate and encourage each other to be our best selves, whatever that may be. It’s the only way we can make this world a better place for future generations. I don’t want this to be focused on me. I just want to spread love and acceptance to others who are in a similar situation. If anyone out there is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU ARE ENOUGH…AS IS, EXACTLY AS YOU ARE!❤️ I can’t wait for the day we all can live without feeling like we’re different and excluded. A time where we don’t have to come out, we can love the way we want to love and not be ashamed. We are all human and equal after all. So I dare you…spread love. Let’s do our part to make this world a better place.🏳️‍🌈❤️💛💚💙💜

A post shared by Tadd Fujikawa (@taddy808) on

Fujikawa became the youngest player to qualify for the US Open when he made it through aged just 15 in 2006.

He has since competed in 15 PGA Tour events and is the current world No. 2042.

After winning the Hawaii State Open in 2017 he described anxiety and depression as “too real” as he thanked “everyone who supported me and helped me to keep going when I was at my lowest.”



Source link

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Sarfraz miffed by skewed Asia Cup scheduling
Canelo Alvarez wins appeal against former promoter
Oscar De La Hoya wags finger at ‘haters’ of Canelo Alvarez win in open letter
LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers lands deal with NBC for ‘Hoops’ drama
Josh Gordon to be released by Cleveland Browns on Monday

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *