Just a sophomore in the Air Force Academy, Bradley Kim just made history as the first active football player in the military to come out as gay.
He took to Instagram to confess his sexuality. Since coming out, Kim has made his Instagram account, as well as his Twitter, private.
“Jeremiah 29:11 God made me this way for a reason,” Kim wrote, according to NewNowNext. “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. It’s been a long road to get to this point and I definitely would not be here without the love and support of my amazing family, teammates and coaches here at the academy, and my equally amazing friends. I feel blessed to have such receptive and understanding people in my life.”
Kim is a player for the Air Force Falcons, which represents the Colorado U.S. service academy for college football. Before this, Kim was a star high school football player in Washington.
“I hope that I can serve as an example to those who are allowing their fear of acceptance to change who they are,” Kim continued. “I almost gave up my dream of playing division 1 football for fear of not being accepted by everyone, but today I am happy to say that I am a cadet at the Air Force Academy playing the sport I love with amazing people standing behind me and supporting me.”
Before coming out on Instagram, Kim came out to the other defensive backs on his team. They replied with a standing ovation. He previously came out to his parents, former high school teammates, teammates at the Air Force and more.
“If anyone feels like they don’t have a voice or feel like they are alone, just know there are plenty of people out there like you and me, and more that are willing to talk to you about it. God bless all and thank you to everyone who has made me feel comfortable to live my most genuine life.”