Bradley Kim is joining the growing ranks of openly gay academy and college athletes.
Kim is a safety for the Air Force football team, after sustaining a shoulder injury, and he’s recently come out as gay, according to OutSports.
Kim decided it was time to share that he was gay and did so with as many people as possible. First, he told his parents, then he told friends and classmates at the Air Force Academy, then he individually told teammates on the Air Force’s football team before he then told various coaches, and lastly he told his fellow defensive backs on the team.
After all that, Bradley Kim decided to come out publicly through an Instagram post.
“God made me this way for a reason,” the post started. “I did not think this day would ever come, but I’ve finally reached the point where I am comfortable and confident enough with myself to say that I am gay."
After that, Kim talked with OutSports about why he wanted to come out.
"The biggest reason I want to share this is to be able to reach people who are in similar situations struggling with the same things I have struggled with,” he said. “I want to be that example for kids that you can be gay, you can pursue your dreams, and you can have an athletic career.
“My dreams got me to a D1 football program. I want to be there for people who don’t feel like they have anyone there for them, because I was that kid growing up in high school.”
Kim, who is half-Korean and half-German, is a sophomore at the Air Force Academy. After he graduates, he’ll move on to serve the military. Then once his service is done, he hopes to pursue a career in music.
Congratulations to Bradley Kim and best of luck in all your endeavors.
Update 7/28/2018: Unfortunately, it looks like Kim decided to make his Instagram & Twitter accounts private, so the post in which he came out has now been blocked to the public.
Update 7/30/2018: It seems that Kim has made his Instagram account public again. After viewing the comments in his coming out post, we can see why he chose to make it private. The poor guy is being hounded by homophobes. If you have a minute, go send love and support his way.