Vans and Skateism put out this inspiring video about Yann Horowitz for ‘International Coming Out Day’. We were lucky enough to have seen Yann ripping in person when he lived in London before he moved back home to South Africa, he is an amazingly gifted skateboarder. If you don’t know this already you will see when you watch the clip above. You will also find out about Yann’s struggles with coming out as a gay skateboarder. After he kissed his boyfriend in celebration of winning the Vans Park Series African Continental Championships in 2018. Yann realized his skating and sexual identity were becoming intertwined, and he had to ask himself, “Do I really want to be the ‘gay skateboarder’?”
In the past five years, questions of sexuality and identity in our culture have come into the spotlight much more, and individuals like Yann have faced the complicated balancing act of being both an inspiration, and still holding on to who they are. Definitely watch this video about Yann’s journey to coming out and being able to use his voice to inspire others to live their truth. Skateboarding is in a good place. Love and respect to this legend for putting this out there.
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