UFC fighter Jeff Molina has recently shared an emotional statement on Twitter after a video of him engaging in a sexual act with another man was leaked on social media. In his statement, the 25-year-old athlete opened up about his sexuality and how he was denied the opportunity to come out as bisexual on his own terms.
Expressing his disappointment, Molina shared that he has always tried to keep his dating life private on social media, dating girls throughout his life, and suppressing his feelings throughout high school while on the wrestling team and during college while pursuing MMA. He expressed his fear of being treated differently by his friends, teammates, and those he looks up to, stating that the thought of it was unimaginable.
Molina’s impressive career record of 11-2 so far in his career and 3-0 in UFC did not come without its challenges, as he faced struggles in his personal life and professional career. Although he has shown support for the LGBTQ+ community in the past by wearing Pride Month shorts for his fight in June 2022, he revealed that he had no plans to come out during his career.
Molina explained that he wanted to be known for his skills rather than for his sexual orientation, as he did not want to be labeled as the “bi UFC fighter” that would just be translated to “gay UFC fighter.” This showcases the pervasive stereotypes and stigmas that continue to plague the LGBTQ+ community, particularly in the world of sports.
Molina’s brave decision to come out publicly and on his own terms, despite the video leak, sheds light on the importance of creating safe and accepting spaces for individuals of all sexual orientations, particularly in industries where there is a lack of representation and diversity.
— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) March 17, 2023