Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa revealed he was gay in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. However, I was going to share this regardless. I've struggled with my mental health for many years because of that and it put me in a really bad place.
"I don't expect everyone to understand or accept me", Fujikawa wrote. "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". "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", he wrote.
"I don't demand all people to realise or accept me", Fujikawa wrote. But I be aware how worthy assorted's tales enjoy helped me in my darkest cases to enjoy hope.
- This was when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, where he reached the national championship at just 15-years-old.
Fujikawa has previously spoken out about important issues. His decision will undoubtedly help the next generation of golfers and other athletes.
Fujikawa added: "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".
He ends his posting with a challenge, "We are all human and equal after all". The next year he made the cut at the Sony Open, becoming the youngest player in 50 years to make the weekend at a PGA Tour event. I was always afraid of what others would think/say. So I dare you...spread love. "Let's do our part to make this world a better place", said Fujikawa. The Instagram post, he said, marked the first time he'd come out to anyone in the professional golf sphere and so far, the "love and support have been overwhelming".
"I scheme that I didn't desire to attain relief out because it doesn't subject if anyone knows".
The golfer, who is now ranked 2,042 in the world, has also twice won the Hawaii State Open-in 2010 and 2017.
Fujikawa has shared his struggles with anxiety and depression in the past, saying in a July social media post that some recent therapy sessions had led to "quite a bit of improvement in my mental health".