A CrossFit athlete and popular Instagrammer has come out of the closet in a candid and touching post.

Alec Smith shared his story via Instagram video, naturally, telling his 300K+ follower:

“I know this isn’t a fitness related post, but there’s been something on my mind that I’ve been wanting to talk to you guys about for a while now.”

He continued:

“I think I’m finally ready to. So, I’m gay, and I’m at a point in my life now where I’m okay with that.”

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He went on to share that he first became aware of his sexuality during adolescence and that he “hated” himself because of it.

“Ever since I was a kid, I told myself that I was never gonna tell anybody and figure it out when I’m older,” he said. “And I’m older, and I’m still figuring it out now. I still don’t really know who I am and it’s okay. It’s okay to not know who you are.”

For the many people struggling with the same issues, Alec advised:

“Don’t feel pressured into telling anybody anything you don’t have to. This is your life, you shouldn’t have to please anybody else. When the time is right, it takes some people a month and it takes some people 26 years. Focus on yourself.”

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The response was overwhelmingly positive.

Tyler Oakley wrote:

“proud of you! thank you for sharing your truth. congratulations & welcome to the fam!”

And the sentiment was repeated hundreds of times in other comments.

Watch below:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1crLyzhdOd/

And just because we’re here already, here’s a taste of his other posts:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1CicfVB0lH/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0_H_ZJBpW6/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B03qkoWBBMP/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BytTrwvBGy-/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsRiN9PHqNa/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnSAifvnqTn/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmrKBlWnNFD/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFsED9JQjDr/

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