Bradley Kim, a defensive back for the Air Force football team, has become a trailblazer. This weekend, the sophomore took to social media and published an article on OutSports.com that revealed he is gay. While we have seen multiple athletes coming out as openly gay in recent years, Kim’s story marks a first.
By coming out, Kim becomes the first openly gay player to ever suit up for one of the service academies — Air Force, Army, and Navy.
Kim published a lengthy statement on Instagram.
According to OutSports, Kim told his teammates on Friday before the news became public. The article states that his teammates gave him a standing ovation.
Air Force released a statement which read, “The academy strives to foster a culture where everyone gives and receives dignity and respect so that each individual has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.”
It is always great to see people getting comfortable in their own skin and it says a lot about the progress that we continue to make as a country as athletes break down barriers.
Kim and the Falcons kickoff their 2018 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against the Stony Brook Seawolves.