A professional squash player has made history by being the first male pro to come out after posting a heartwarming message on Twitter.
Todd Harrity, 27, ranked number 45 in the world in the racket sport and took to social media to reveal he is “ready to live my life as an openly gay man”.
He wrote: “To everyone I know, and to all who know me.
“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 that 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.”
The US athlete then directed his message to the “Pro Squash world” and admitted he doesn’t know how this will be received by everyone.
“To the Pro Squash world,” he added. “We are a diverse group of different nationalities, ethnicities and faith.
“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 beyond.
“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.