Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa came out as gay Tuesday. So.I'm gay. Many of you may have already known that.
Fujikawa, 27, made the announcement on Instagram, saying he hoped the post would inspire others "to be more empathetic and loving towards one another". My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another.
Born in 1991 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Fujikawa first turned heads as an amateur golfing sensation when be became the youngest ever player to qualify for the US Open in 2006 at the age of 16. The next year, he qualified at the Sony Open, becoming the youngest player in 50 years to make the weekend at a PGA Tour event.
"I'm so glad that I came out". "I've been trying to withhold from using social media a bit recently but today is #worldmentalhealthday so I felt the need to post something. I was always afraid of what others would think/say", he wrote.
"I've been back and forth for a while about opening up about my sexuality", Fujikawa wrote on Instagram. "So long as those issues are still occurring, I will proceed to create my most productive to lift more consciousness to this relate and to fight for equality".
"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".
"So... I'm gay", Fujikawa wrote. He also spoke about the importance of encouraging others to "be our best selves, whatever that may be". I just want to spread love and acceptance to others who are in a similar situation.
In his post, Fujikawa addresses the darker times battling with mental health.
His message included a personal invitation to others who are struggling to reach out to him, "You are loved and you are enough ... as is, exactly as you are". "A time the assign we don't enjoy to attain relief out, we are able to relish the procedure we are looking out out for to treasure and no longer be ashamed. Let's create our segment to make this world the next relate". "I can finally be the best version of me". We are all human and equal after all. So I dare you...spread love.
According to Outsports, a website that examines the intersection of sports and LGBTQ issues, openly gay active female pro golfers have included Mianne Bagger, Alena Sharp and Rosie Jones.
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