BMX'er Corey Walsh Comes Out as Gay

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday April 4, 2021
Originally published on March 30, 2021

Corey Walsh
Corey Walsh  (Source:Corey Watch / Instagram)

BMX pro Corey Walsh came out in a social media post today, according to Pink Bike.

A year ago, Walsh came out to his friend Spencer. Another friend, Kris Fox, wrote a piece for Dig BMX detailing the months afterward, and before today's coming out, for Walsh.

"If you were to tell me a year ago that today was going to be the day where I said fuck it and let the world in on my personal life I would have told you that's never going to happen," Walsh' post begins, later adding, "trust me, I'm not the person who wants to let people in on my personal life and in a perfect world I would not have to."

Walsh acknowledges that "now is the time to open up the conversation within our communities every chance we get."

He adds, "I understand the privilege I've had with my situation and the reality is a lot of members of the LGTBQ community don't always get positive experiences. So I ask you if you can take anything positive from my situation please be open minded to anyone struggling with their own journeys. And to anyone out there dealing with the bad days it does get better. Just take it one day at a time. And if anyone ever needs someone to talk to my DMs are open."

Walsh is a high-profile cyclist, and his coming out — along with pro road racers Graeme Obree and Justin Laevens and fellow BMXer Matt Beringer — represents only a few among men in the biking world.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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