Tadd Fujikawa becomes the first gay pro-golfer to come out

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Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa came out this week, and he’s now the only out male pro-golfer in the U.S.

On Instagram, Fujikawa wrote, “So… I’m gay.”

Fujikawa, who has been public about his struggle with depression and anxiety, wrote that that that comes from having to hide who he is.

“I spent way too long pretending, hiding, and hating who I was,” he wrote. “I’ve struggled with my mental health for many years because of that and it put me in a really bad place.”

Now he hopes that his story will make a difference for someone else.

“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.”

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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.πŸ˜… 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.πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆβ€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ

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He said that the reaction has been positive since coming out this week.

β€œThe love and support have been overwhelming,” he said. β€œI’m so glad that I came out. I can finally be the best version of me.”

He said that he knew he was gay for a long time but that he “tried to convince myself to be straight for a long time.”

Fujikawa first qualified for the U.S. Open in 2006 when he was just 15-years-old. At 16, he went pro.

Last December, he won the Hawaii State Open after announcing that he was struggling with depression and anxiety.

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