BMX Pro Corey Walsh came out on his Instagram page Monday, becoming one of the first openly gay male cyclists.
“It just sucks ya know? All this unneeded stress and pressure. All these f*cking labels everyone puts on everyone. I just want to live a quiet life as me. I just want to do my thing without having to explain myself to everyone… f*ck it! I’ll do it! I will! Now that my family knows I really don’t give a f*ck what anyone thinks anymore.”
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According to PinkBike: “Corey’s coming out story began in January 2020 when he told a childhood friend, but he said in his Instagram post that if someone had told him a year ago that he would come out to the world today, he wouldn’t believe it. A piece written by Kris Fox on Dig BMX recounts the next several months as Corey unflinchingly shared his 20-year secret in a ‘rhinoceros stampede of reality.’ Corey is one of the first high-profile male cyclists of any discipline to come out as gay, joining pro road racers Graeme Obree and Justin Laevens and fellow BMXer Matt Beringer as one of the very few LGBT men in the bike world.”
Walsh wrote in the post: “If you were to tell me a year ago that today was going to be the day where I said fuck it and let the world in on my personal life I would have told you that’s never going to happen. But thanks to the support of my family, friends, and sponsors I can finally accept the fact that I am gay and be open about it. Trust me, I’m not the person who wants to let people in on my personal life and in a perfect world I would not have to. But the reality is there are a lot of people still struggling with the same situations and I just wanted to let people know that they are not alone. I feel like the world is shifting into a more understanding place and now is the time to open up the conversation within our communities every chance we get. So here we are.
@krisfoxbmx and all the dudes have had my back during this whole process and he wrote a little piece about it. If you have time to give it a read it’s now live on @digbmx. Link is in my Bio. Thank you to Will and everyone over at Dig for giving us the platform to tell this story, it seriously means the world.
I understand the privilege I’ve had with my situation and the reality is a lot of members of the LGTBQ community don’t always get positive experiences. So I ask you if you can take anything positive from my situation please be open minded to anyone struggling with their own journeys. And to anyone out there dealing with the bad days it does get better. Just take it one day at a time. And if anyone ever needs someone to talk to my DMs are open.
Also, a huge thank you to anyone else who has previously opened up to tell their story. The only reason I have gotten to this point is because of you.
Holy shit that feels good, I’m stoked. ❤️✌🏻🏳️🌈”
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