Professional Golfer Tadd Fujikawa comes out as gay in an Instagram post. Tadd is the first male professional golfer who has publicly declared he was gay. The Hawaiin born Japanese man, who is 27 years old, was the youngest person to qualify for the US Open at the age of 15.
In a long Instagram post, he felt the need to come out as gay to help younger generations of kids feel okay with their homosexuality.
“So…I’m gay. Many of you may have already known that.😅”
Given that Tadd also suffered from low self-esteem issues due to his sexual preference, it was only fitting that he posted his declaration on Suicide Prevention Day.
“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.”
To read the rest of his touching post check out his Instagram taddy808 or read it below.
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*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.🏳️🌈❤️💛💚💙💜
After Tad made his statement he got an outpouring of support.
@tag1229 Good for you! I am sure your message made it to someone that was struggling. I hope some day soon being gay doesn’t even need to be made into”an announcement” Love is Love. Period. Thanks again for using your platform as a professional athlete to speak your truth!
@tomklink2415 Love is love and if everyone would accept that the world might be a better place. 🌈❤️
@davidallentampa You are an inspiration to everyone and thank you for the courage it took to do this! The LGBT community is standing behind you all the way! 🏳️🌈
@karl_fv You are a beautiful, brave, CHAMPION for every good human being who might experience megative feelings about who they might be. THANK YOU for your AWESOME self, your decisions and the positive impact your decision has caused to humankind! You rock Tadd!! ❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
@alwestfan Congratulations on coming out Tadd, Everyone of my gay friends says the same thing… Life gets way better after they get it off their chests. Stay strong brother and make more birdies! I’m on your side.
@mrhercli Congratulations on coming out! It’s great to have more out people in professional sports to show the world that we’re everywhere! Never stop being who you are and you will set an example for others to follow in your footsteps!