Golf is not a sport we speak a lot about. But one thing which needs to be noted that our Asian diaspora has always performed well in this sport professionally, and I think it is time we start highlighting things from this sport when it happens. In saying that, Hawaiian native TADD FUJIKAWA has achieved so much in this sport thus far. The biggest achievement is that he is the youngest player to ever compete professionally in the US Open (golf), and secondly he is courageous in being the first professional male player to publicly come out as gay.

For those of us who do not identify as LGBTIQ, we can never truly understand the difficulties when a person chooses to come out to their family and friends as gay, so you can imagine coming out publicly and in a sport which is not seen as “progressive”. Anyways, from reading the interview of him “coming out”, he is such a humble young man, who I see will have a long future ahead in this sport.

Here is what (via Australian Golf Digest):

“I don’t expect everyone to understand or accept me,” Fujikawa wrote. “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.”

We all definitely need to watch out for him more in the many golfing tournaments that happen all over the world. And it is awesome that he made this announcement to push for more equality, which is most important.

Images via Australian Golf Digest