He first made history back in 2006 when he qualified as the youngest ever golfer to qualify for the US Open at 16 years old, now he’s making gay history as the first ever pro gay male golfer!
Hawaii born Tadd Fujisawa first made headlines as an amateur golfer, a child prodigy twelve years ago, qualifying for the world standard event of the US Open. Then a year later he turned pro, having brushed up his swing to qualify for the Sony Open in his home of Hawaii, making him the youngest player in 50 years to play a PGA tour event.
Two days ago he took to instagram to announce his sexuality publicly. Though not closeted before the post, as it was Suicide Prevention day he saw it necessary to put it in writing so that budding young gay golfers could have a role model in the sport.
In the photo above’s caption he announced: “So…I’m gay.”
“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.”
“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 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.”
“Let’s do our part to make this world a better place.”
Tadd is currently ranked 2,042 in the world, and he snatched the title of Hawaii State Open winner just last year. He has already been very vocal about the importance of discussing mental health and struggles with depression and anxiety.