LGBTQ representation at Olympics can change lives, says gold medallist Tom Daley

Tokyo – Ever-increasing LGBTQ representation at the Olympics has the potential to change lives, newly minted gold medallist Tom Daley mentioned on Monday, after saying he grew up feeling like “an outsider.”

When the 14-year-old Briton made his Olympic debut in 2008, fewer than 20 of his fellow rivals brazenly recognized as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or queer. At the 2020 Olympics, that quantity has grown to greater than 160.

After selecting up his first-ever Olympic gold, with a shocking upset over China within the males’s 10 metre synchronised platform dive with staff mate Matty Lee, the 27-year-old mentioned he and different LGBTQ athletes might enhance the lives of youngsters who really feel “frightened and scared and alone.”

“When I was a little boy and felt like an outsider and felt different and felt like I was never going to be anything because who I was wasn’t what society wanted me to be, and to be able to see out LGBT people performing at the Olympic Games is – I hope (it) can give young kids hope,” he instructed reporters.

Daley, who picked up bronze medals at the London and Rio Games, married Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black in 2017 and welcomed a baby in 2018, which he known as “the massive turning point” of his career as an athlete.

“I realized that whether I do really well or whether I do terribly in the pool, that I can go home to a husband and son that loves me,” mentioned Daley.

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