19-year-old British Born Zack Leader came out as gay.
Leader is a gravity bike racer, someone who rides pedal-less bikes down hills, from Lincolnshire, and he’s very good at the sport. While continuing on as a student at the University of Lincoln, Leader has won the British Evolution Cup Championships in both 2016 and 2017.
But, his latest accomplishment to date is coming out as gay.
As Outsports reports, Leader posted on social media, like Facebook and Instagram, the news in a long open letter.
In the letter he says that he wanted to start out 2018 right with no more lies.
“What I’m trying to do is come out and say I’m gay.”
“I haven’t come out properly until now because of a mixture of things. I’ve been a bit nervous to come out because of the general reaction to it and not knowing if people would accept it or not. A lot of it has been because I’ve not been ready to whereas now I know I am.”
“However, the main reason I haven’t come out until now is because of racing.”
Leader goes on to say that he’s known two things since he was very little, that he wanted to be a motorcycle racer and that he was gay.
“In all the time I’ve grown up in motorcycle racing, I’ve never seen a openly gay racer, and I’ve always wondered if there was a reason for that.”
“I’ve always thought there may be a few reasons. One being that motorcycle racing, or racing in general, is perceived to be a very macho and masculine sport and so a gay rider may not be as openly accepted as we like.”
The athlete went further to say, “Maybe one day we may see more racers happy and confident to come out as a member of the LGBT community!”
“If anyone isn’t too comfortable with me coming out then please don’t hesitate to message me and talk to me about it, I’m no different in any way! I’m still the same crazy, smiling nutter you all know.”
Thankfully, Leader hasn’t had to deal with much negative backlash. Instead, Leader has later said that the reaction to his coming out has been “brilliant” with warm welcoming from fans/family and plenty of media coverage as well.
We at Instinct wish to congratulate Zack Leader and want to say that we look forward to watching his career grow from here.