The Top Ranked Squash Player In The U.S. Just Came Out As A Gay Man

"It has taken me a long time to accept myself as I am," says Todd Harrity, 27.

In a heartfelt Instagram post Sunday, Todd Harrity became the first male squash player to come out.

To everyone I know and to all who know me.

I have something that I am finally ready to get off my chest. I am gay, and I’m ready to live my life as an openly gay man. I have decided to come out because I am convinced that having everyone know this about me is the only way I can truly be content. I also think it is best for everyone around me, so that we can more fully understand each other.

To everyone I know, and to all who know me, I have something that I am finally ready to get off my chest. I am gay, and I’m ready to live my life as an openly gay man. I have decided to come out because I am convinced that having everyone know this about me is the only way I can truly be content. I also think it is what’s best for everyone around me, so that we can more fully understand each other. To the people that I have already told, thank you. I was not ready to have everyone know this about me. I appreciate you keeping my secret, and not telling any curious people who might have asked you. To the Pro Squash world, We are a diverse group of different nationalities, ethnicities, and faiths. I don’t know how this will be received by everyone. But I have been dealing with this for a long time. This is what’s necessary for me to be myself, and best enjoy the rest of my time on the circuit, and beyond. Lastly, I am not famous. But if I can be a source of inspiration to any others in a similar situation, I am pleased. This has not been easy for me. It has taken me a long time to accept myself as I am. But now I have, and am ready to put all of this behind me and move on with my life. Todd Harrity

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Thanking friends and loved ones for “keeping my secret,” the 27-year-old Princeton graduate admitted sharing his truth wasn’t easy. “It has taken me a long time to accept myself as I am. But now I have, and am ready to put all of this behind me and move on with my life.”

Calling squash “a diverse group of different nationalities, ethnicities, and faiths,” Harrity admitted he wasn’t sure how his news would be received across the league. But the Professional Squash Association quickly offered its support, tweeting “no matter what creed, race, sexual preference or anything else, we should all welcome and accept each other.”

Other players also rallied behind Harrity.

 

 

“We all admire your bravery and honesty,” tweeted Sean Conroy. “[You are a] great person and doesn’t change anything. Be yourself and enjoy your life. P.S. I’m always here to give you a chopping in the cross-court game!”

Harrity’s announcement follows those of Jenny Duncalf and Rachael Grinham, who came out in 2017.

 
Harrity, who is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 54 worldwide, admitted he’s not as well-known as other pro athletes who have come out. But he added, “if I can be a source of inspiration to any others in a similar situation, I am pleased.”

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