Golf is one of the most culturally conservative and exclusive sports, and we are not just talking about Donald Trump hacking away awkwardly at one of his overpriced resorts. While there have been many open lesbians on the LPGA tour, there has never been a single openly gay male player in the PGA- until now.
Tadd Fujikawa, a 27-year old Hawaiian who turned pro at the incredible age of 15 and became the youngest person in history to qualify for the U.S. Open, announced in a heartfelt, emotional Instagram post that he was coming out.
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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.??????????
“My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another” Fujikawa wrote. “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… 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!??”
Well Tadd, you are an inspiration, and you’ve changed the golf and the sports world as a whole forever. So many kids out there will be touched and have courage because of your example.
Here a few more posts from Tadd’s Instagram profile that show what an awesome guy he is.
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CURRENT MOOD….because I finally got a new phone after 2 weeks! That being said, NOTHING WILL EVER MAKE ME AS HAPPY AS DOUBLE FISTING 2 ACAI BOWLS! ????? #doublechin #flashback #fbf #doublefisting #cheesin #acai #acaibowl #healthy #hawaii #food #foodporn #oahu #island #love #life #smile #selfie #asian #home #throwback #banan #favorite #hiig #hilife #luckywelivehawaii
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Since it's U.S. Open week, here's a little throwback to 12 years ago when I was…the same height I am now?…a little more round?…and apparently pleats were okay to be worn in public. ??????? #usopen #throwback #golf #golfcourse #usga #tournament #professional #newyork #hawaii
Never could understand why there weren’t a bunch more out gay players since Golf isn’t necessarily an alpha male kind of sport. Even calling it a sport seems like a stretch.
Good for him though.
There are plenty of gay alpha males.
Well just let me say
Oh boy – where to start – Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet. It is used to characterize people who have to be FIRST – the lead wolf = alpha wolf. – any competitive behavior can be called alpha – the goal is first – chess, checkers, finding food – et al – they engage the competitive nature of animals – humans. All of them can be called “sport” though we have narrowed the definition to a behavior which is physical. Volley ball had to fight for place in the Olympics even though it is very much physical.
I was wondering when Queerty would post this, and then you did. Great for him, great for pro golf, great for all other gay athletes coming up these days.
I’m sure plenty straight pro golfers will have there golf balls in a twist over this information.
The Tour is basically a white, country club, conservative, Trump supporting group. The only golfer I have read that says would support an out player is Brandt Snedeker. So what Tadd is doing is quite remarkable and important, especially for the LGBT community.
What a gorgeous young man, compassionate, intelligent and concerned about young people who might be having a problem with who they are. That is why it is so important to let young people know they are not alone. I fell in love with his smile.
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