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Tadd Fujikawa - Coming out as Gay in Golf


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#1 golfnhack

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:42 PM

http://www.golfchann...a-comes-out-gay

A prior thread was locked. The title was sarcastic, and obviously there were tasteless comments that followed.

BUT.... it is wrong NOT to have a thread discussing his decision. It would be the equivalent of locking a thread about experiencing sexual harassment or racism in the golf industry. Fujikawa's decision to come out publicly is a brave action in a sport where the topic of being gay is taboo. Is this site really going to brush it under the rug, rather than allow open discussion about a VERY important issue. Last I checked the rules, sex and religion were reasons for locking threads. Sexuality IS NOT Sex. This is also not about Tadd himself and his decision to come out. It is much bigger than that. He did not come out for the personal attention. He came out to highlight and issue.

I understand mods moderating tasteless comments and opinions, but there should be an active thread to discuss the issue, whether it be this one or another.

Edited by 1t2golf, 12 September 2018 - 07:15 PM.
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:48 PM

Yeah this is going to get locked down so quick.

It's a shame really, a board full of adults not being allowed to discuss a matter such this. From what I have seen no one has posted immature or thoughtless comments about it. It would be nice if the mods explained why they are shutting them down.
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:49 PM

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:50 PM

What is the "issue" under discussion?  I mean, in terms of golf?  I agree, thread shouldn't be locked, mods can just delete the juvenile comments, but let's see the thread die of lack of interest because really what is there to see here?

Nothing against Tadd, but he's not exactly breaking down barriers and inspiring others while floundering on the McKenzie Tour.  

Best of luck to him in life...golf on the big stage may not be part of that equation.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:52 PM

View PostgatorMD, on 12 September 2018 - 03:49 PM, said:

https://www.golfdige...t-snedeker-says

Sneds being the classy dude he always is on the issue!

That was from 2014. An open invitation, yet players were/are too scared.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:52 PM

To me this is a non-story.  Several former and current LPGA players are out.  Pro golf has been very friendly to the LBGTQ community.  Live and let live.  No big deal.

Edited by From_Parts_Unknown, 12 September 2018 - 03:54 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:53 PM

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:54 PM

I'd disagree slightly.. I'd say being the first tour professional golfer to come out is fairly significant.. and then it shouldn't be.. there's always a first

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:56 PM

View PostFrom_Parts_Unknown, on 12 September 2018 - 03:52 PM, said:

To me this is a non-story.  Several former and current LPGA players are out.  Pro golf has been very friendly to the LBGTQ community.  Live and let live.  No big deal.

On the LPGA yes... but not on the PGA or European Tour.
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:59 PM

Good for Tadd, it can't be easy not being yourself.

Also pretty sad this has to be moved to the "Cooler" section.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:59 PM

Just play golf. I certainly do not care about anyone else's sexual orientation. Everyone is welcome at my dinner table. With that being said, I don't really see it as an important issue. People need to just live their lives and get off of the social justice warpath about anything and everything.

Thought I'd also add that I am a Republican, Go figure OP.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 04:00 PM

View PostgatorMD, on 12 September 2018 - 03:53 PM, said:


Did she come out as gay, or was she just commenting on the issue? It is interesting that she said that about 10% of the LPGA tour players are gay. Even if half that number translates to the PGA tour... there are a lot of players afraid to come out.

Because there’s never been an honest, open discussion about lesbianism on tour, it has become a source of fascination among many golf fans — and especially male reporters — who have only heard various rumors and innuendo.

Contrary to what many people think, we are not the Lesbians Playing Golf Association. By my count there are no more than two dozen gay women playing the tour right now. Considering there are 230 active members, you’re only talking about 10 percent of the players, which from everything I’ve read is in line with the population as a whole.I understand that thanks to Howard Stern and Internet porn many guys are keenly interested in girl-on-girl action, but to every player I know the issue is just not that big a deal. There are no super-freaky homophobes out here or militant man-haters. At most, a player’s sexuality may be an occasional practice-round conversation piece:
“Hey, did you hear that so-and-so likes girls?” “Really? Huh. So, did you hit an 8-iron or a 9?”
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 04:10 PM

Yeah not sure what there is to discuss. He's gay, so what. What people do in their private life is their business. More importantly, can he play and is he still gaming a Circle T? if so, we need pics.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 04:23 PM

Much respect to him for this. It’s not a subject that is talked about much in the men’s game. If this helps 1 person then even better.


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 05:17 PM

Huh good for him I guess, it'll only be an issue if he starts getting token exemptions into events. But I doubt it, Tadd is a good guy and a good player (played a couple events on FPGT I think, maybe Florida Elite). Best of luck to him


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 06:26 PM

Why does anyone care about his or her sexual proclivities?  Why does it matter?

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 06:30 PM

Iíve known Tadd for a long time, and we always knew. He didnít have to say anything. We practiced together a little today and everybody has been giving him words of encouragement after coming out. Heís a great guy.
Enjoy the chase.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 07:33 PM

1.  The topic of being gay is not "taboo" in golf, it just so happens it just isn't that big of a deal.

2.  OP making much more out of this than it is or needs to be.

3.  If he chooses to announce his orientation that's up to him, but it isn't like it is necessary.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 09:44 PM

View Postaknow, on 12 September 2018 - 06:26 PM, said:

Why does anyone care about his or her sexual proclivities?  Why does it matter?

We don’t care about his sexuality. We care about the fact he had the courage to talk about it and that he is the first golfer of note to do so.
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 10:05 PM

Society has come a long way in acceptance, but seeing that golf in general was slow to even include women in clubs, this is not as easy as some may think.  Good for him, it's not easy as he puts himself out to be judged by people who don't know him, but it's all for the better.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 11:24 PM

View Postaknow, on 12 September 2018 - 06:26 PM, said:

Why does anyone care about his or her sexual proclivities?  Why does it matter?

Exactly. While many people might not agree with that lifestyle I don’t think many really care. Someone announcing their sexuality nowadays is usually just a ploy for attention and to put their name out there. Be with who you want, nobody cares just don’t blame every personal failure on “other things”.

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 11:45 PM

I do think his statement is remarkable, worthy of comment, and probably does break barriers for many golfers. Golf is such a traditional and conservative sport; players get slammed when their comments are provocative in any way. I am somewhat surprised it took this long for a tour player to come out publicly. I don't care what tour he plays on, If a young golfer sees Tadd standing up and encouraging them to be themselves within this game, that is a good thing.

The 'what's the big deal, who cares,why does it matter' comments I understand on the surface. But that really doesn't acknowledge what a source of stress, anxiety or shame it can be to feel like one has to hide who they are, or fake to conform in such a traditional realm.

I belong to a club that doesn't discriminate on any front, and has a number of gay members- I'm proud of that and feel it is good for the game we love.

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 02:54 AM

Not sure why this has to be announced. I could see if maybe you were Matthew McCounehey and TMZ was about to out you with pictures of you locking lips with some dude.

The Vet I take my dgs to is gay. Shes never told me and never anounced it. I just know. Im sure everyone around Tad already knew.

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:19 AM

View Postgolfnhack, on 12 September 2018 - 09:44 PM, said:

View Postaknow, on 12 September 2018 - 06:26 PM, said:

Why does anyone care about his or her sexual proclivities?  Why does it matter?

We donít care about his sexuality. We care about the fact he had the courage to talk about it and that he is the first golfer of note to do so.

TF is ďof noteĒ??????

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 12:52 PM

Good for him.

I think it's great that in the space of less than one generation, we've gone from where it was thought to be weird or wrong to be gay, to where it's thought to be weird or wrong to have a problem with someone's orientation.

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 02:22 PM

I see it as sort of a non-issue but good for him, I'm sure it takes a lot of courage.

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 03:44 PM

View Postrockinar, on 13 September 2018 - 02:54 AM, said:

Not sure why this has to be announced. I could see if maybe you were Matthew McCounehey and TMZ was about to out you with pictures of you locking lips with some dude.

The Vet I take my dgs to is gay. Shes never told me and never anounced it. I just know. Im sure everyone around Tad already knew.

1000% agree. Saying he is courageous for telling the public about your private life? Not so sure about that. It's 2018, there's lots of gays out there. Nobody cares about your sexuality.  

Being in the military or in law enforcement or fire fighter or EMS......that is courageous!

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 07:44 PM

View Postrockinar, on 13 September 2018 - 02:54 AM, said:

Not sure why this has to be announced. I could see if maybe you were Matthew McCounehey and TMZ was about to out you with pictures of you locking lips with some dude.

The Vet I take my dgs to is gay. Shes never told me and never anounced it. I just know. Im sure everyone around Tad already knew.
I can't imagine what it's like to have something so fundamental to my existance as my sexuality be kept under wraps for my entire adult life. I guess until you walk a mile in his shoes you won't understand why he did what he did.  Kudos to him for coming out and hopefully it gives him some peace and help to move forward with his life.

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 10:01 PM

I get that maybe 20-30 years ago things were very different for people who wanted to come out.  These days, I can't help but feel like (and unfortunately) people struggle over this when the majority of people do not care at all and will still love and accept them.... despite political party, not sure why OP brought that up at all as it makes zero difference as to what side of the fence you stand on politically IMO.  I am happy for him that he is able to get this out and live the life he wants but honestly, it's such a non story.  He's still the same guy he's always been.
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Posted 15 September 2018 - 01:35 AM

I don't see why it is a big deal and making news as well. One thing I don't understand is why their lifestyles need to be force fed on people who don't agree with it. It is the same as religious people force feeding their religious views on people. Everyone has their own value system. If you are gay, be gay and go to places where you find your like-minded folks. It really doesn't have much to do with anyone else.

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