Pro Golfer Tadd Fujikawa Comes OUT

(Photo: Tadd Fujikawa)

Tadd Fujikawa, the 27-year-old pro golfer who qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at age 15, had long struggled with the decision to come out as gay. On Tuesday – a day after World Suicide Prevention Day – Fujikawa finally decided it was time, reports Golfweek.

“So…I’m gay,” Fujikawa wrote in a 400-plus-word Instagram post. “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.”

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Tadd Fujikawa comes out as gay: 'I just want to spread love and acceptance'