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Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: Tom Daly, After Winning Gold In Trampoline: “I’m Proud To Say I’m Gay And Olympic Champion”

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Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: Tom Daly, After Winning Gold In Trampoline:

Tom Daly, during a trainingPatrick B KramerEFE
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Tom Daly Attracts the attention of the press for his impudence and talent when he was only 14 years old. This Monday, in his fourth Games, the English diver finally hung his maiden Olympic gold medal with Matty Lee hanging from the 10 meters at Tokyo-2020. But beyond sports, his figure is known around the world for his visibility and LGTB activism.

In late 2013, at the age of 19, but already with two Olympic Games behind him, Tom Daly decided to record a video, which he shared with his fans to share a story about his personal life. Posted on YouTube for “Something I want to say”, in my bed next to a pillow in British colors. “When spring came this year, my life changed when I met someone who who made me feel happy and he’s a man,” he explained in the recording, with which he wanted to respond to “rumours and speculation” about his sexual orientation. Just weeks after the video, during Christmas, he Joked about the media repercussions with his family and posed for one of his gifts, an apron in Arcoris colors and with the message “Gay Icon”.

In early 2014, the identity of the person he mentioned in the video was revealed and it was none other than an American screenwriter. Dustin Lance BlackAwarded an Oscar in 2009 for scripting a biopic on Tom, twenty years older and LGBT activist Harvey Milk What did I direct? gus van santo and which star Sean Penn.

Tom Daly was voted “the sexiest man in the world” by Attitude magazine for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014) and in an interview in that publication he explained on the cover that he hoped “the video can help other people”. is” and that he “wanted to marry and have children.”

The couple, who shared their lives between the United States and England, garnered media attention and both were sharing different aspects of their daily lives through media and social networks. They got married in 2017 at Bowie Castle in Devon County, where the divers are originally from. A year later they were parents to the younger Robbie, named after Tom’s father, who died of cancer in 2011.

influencers and activists

Inspired largely by Dustin Lance Black’s work as an LGTB activist, Tom Daly has joined a variety of causes in favor of visibility over the years. He faced bullying during his school years and participated in campaigns against homophobia. It has also encouraged greater LGBT visibility in sport. In 2018, when he won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, he called for the Commonwealth Pass for the honor and an end to laws making homosexuality a crime.

He wrote on Twitter, “I feel so fortunate to be open and reckless. I hope one day all athletes from Commonwealth countries can be free to compete freely.”

With over 2,100,000 ‘followers’ on Instagram and nearly 900,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, his every gesture makes a huge impact. In parallel with his extra-sports media exposition, Tom Daly has managed to build a successful career, including three golds at the World Cup and five golds in the European now three Olympic medals, two bronzes (London-2012 and Rio-2016) and is one. The most important day of his whole life, the golden day of Tokyo-2020.

At the 2008 Beijing Games in which Tom Daly made his Olympic debut, the Australian diver div Matthew Mitchum Won the title on the platform from 10 meters. Then she celebrated by going to the stand to see her lover. In the time of the pandemic, Tom had to settle with her husband for a video conference on a screen at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.