Top-ranked squash player Todd Harrity
came out gay Saturday on social media.
Harrity, ranked number 1 in the U.S.
and 54 worldwide, posted the following message on Twitter.
“To everyone I know, and to all who
know me,” he
messaged. “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
“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,” Harrity, 27,
The Pro Squash Association described
Harrity as the sport's first openly gay player.
“[T]he squash world is a diverse
place and no matter what creed, race, sexual preference or anything
else, we should all welcome and accept each other,” the