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プロゴルファーのタッド・フジカワがゲイとしてカミングアウト

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日系アメリカ人プロゴルファーのタッド・フジカワ(Tadd Fujikawa)が2018年9月10日、Instagramでゲイとしてカミングアウトしました。

詳細は以下。

Tadd Fujikawa: Japanese-American golfer comes out as gay - BBC Sport

フジカワ選手がカミングアウトしたInstagramポストはこちらです。

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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.🏳️‍🌈❤️💛💚💙💜

Tadd Fujikawaさん(@taddy808)がシェアした投稿 -

フジカワ選手は2006年、15歳で全米オープン史上最年少出場を果たしたゴルフ選手。上記の投稿の中で、彼はカミングアウトするかどうかについては迷ったし、しなくてもいいじゃないかとも思ったけれど、自分がつらかったときどんなに他の人の話に助けられたことを考えて公表することにしたと説明しています。以下、続きをちょっとだけ抜粋してざっくり和訳。

今わたしは、自分のために、そして他のLGBTQの人々のために立ち上がっているんです。誰かに刺激を与える存在になり、誰かの人生に良い影響をもたらすことができたらという願いから、こうしてるんです。現代社会は以前よりだいぶ受容的になってはいますが、にもかかわらず、子供たちが、ティーンエイジャーたちが、おとなたちが、その人の本当の姿を理由としてばかにされ、差別されるところをまだまだ見かけます。そのせいで命を絶ってしまう人さえいます。わたしは全力を尽くしてこのことを人々に伝え、平等を求めて戦っていきたいと思っています。

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.

すべての人が、自分は人と違っているからのけ者にされているんだと感じないで生きていられる日が待ち遠しいです。カミングアウトする必要がないときが、恥じ入ることなく愛したいように愛せるときがくるのが待ち遠しいです。つまるところ、わたしたちはみな人間で、平等なんです。さて、君にはできるかい?……愛を広げるってことが。世界をより良い場所に変えるため、自分たちの役割を果たそうよ。

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.

この投稿がなされた9月10日は世界自殺予防デー。ちなみにフジカワ選手は2017年の世界メンタルヘルスデー(9月10日)にも、不安や抑うつに悩む人に寄り添うメッセージをInstagramで発信しています。カミングアウトのポストで、長い間セクシュアリティを隠し続けて自己嫌悪に陥り、メンタルヘルスの問題で「本当に窮地に追い込まれた」(" it put me in a really bad place")と語っている彼だからこそ思うところも多いのでしょうね。先日、ホールジー(Halsey)によって救われたレズビアンのアーティストが、今度は自分がどこかで苦しんでいる子の孤独感を減らす番だとしてYouTubeアニメを作った話をしましたけど、それと同じようにフジカワ選手のカミングアウトもどこかの誰かを助けて、よいサイクルが続いていくんじゃないかと思います。