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.
“While we aim to stage a first-class championship our motivation goes beyond the scores posted between the ropes” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a press release.
The 21-second video shows Mickelson leaning over a rifle (and sporting a U.S. Ryder Cup hat). “Twelve-hundred-fifty yards” he said. “Slight crosswind.” Boom! The 48-year-old then slowly turns his head toward the camera. “Nailed it” he said. The Ryder Cup will be played in France for the first time ever in just a few weeks.
“So…I’m gay” he wrote. “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.
As a press release for the tournament notes “This is not a lottery contest sweepstakes or ‘give-away’ but rather a pre-qualification for those persons wishing to purchase tickets to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.”