Soleil “EwOk” Wheeler, the 15-year previous Fortnite skilled and member of FaZe Clan, introduced on Sunday that he has come out as a bisexual transgender individual. In a Twitlonger posted on Oct. 11, a date identified by the LGBTQ neighborhood as “Coming Out Day,” Wheeler addressed his popping out, the hardships related to making such an announcement, and the way for years he struggled, saying he “by no means felt proper in a woman’s physique.” Following the announcement the esports neighborhood has proven its assist and rallied round Wheeler.
In his put up, Wheeler talks about what it was like rising up and that he by no means actually felt comfy. “I by no means felt proper in [a] woman’s physique and struggled. After I was 11 years previous, I dressed up like a boy and grabbed a few of my little brother’s garments. I took footage. For the previous eight years, I by no means was actually proud of myself and struggled.”
Wheeler made it a degree to make his announcement on Coming Out Day and hopes that his journey will be useful to others who could also be struggling.
“I really feel like a weight has been lifted and now I can stay the life I see for myself,” Wheeler advised The Esports Observer. “I hope by sharing my journey, it evokes any others scuffling with id to have the arrogance to be their genuine self.”
When Wheeler made the announcement, he understood that there could be a whole lot of dialogue by associates, followers, and others on social media–and that response has been optimistic. Quite a few members of FaZe Clan and esports personalities voiced their assist for Wheeler.
FaZe Clan and its members had been in full assist of Wheeler.
You’re liked. ❤️
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) October 11, 2020
Love you Ewok ❤️ you might be an unimaginable human and I’m proud to name you my teammate. Proceed being your self as you discover your approach on this world
— Blaze (@FaZeBlaze) October 11, 2020
— Code: YoSway #advert (@FaZeSway) October 12, 2020
It doesn’t matter what nonetheless an absolute LEGEND ❤️
— FaZe Pamaj (@Pamaj) October 12, 2020
In addition to some standard gaming personalities:
— DrLupo (@DrLupo) October 11, 2020
So pleased with you ❤️❤️❤️
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) October 11, 2020
Don’t let these haters and transphobes get you down. PROUD OF YOU! TRANS RIGHTS!! 💙
— SonicFox (@SonicFox) October 12, 2020
Now that Wheeler has come out, he is aware of that there’s nonetheless extra to come back and whereas it received’t be simple, he can now stay with being his true self.
“I do know the transition and stuff will likely be powerful for me. I’m nervous as hell. That is big particularly [since] I’m in FaZe and [the] first transgender man in a Tier-1 esports group. There will not be many trans individuals in organizations or stuff like that,” Wheeler wrote. “I wish to be as sincere as attainable with you guys. That is actually an enormous choice and I do know it’ll impression some individuals. I’ll want y’alls assist. I really recognize it should you assist [it]. It means the world to me. Thanks. Thanks for being affected person with me”