In a recent interview with the Guardian, Olympic diver Tom Daley discussed coming to terms with his gay identity in the public eye, his relationship with Dustin Lance Black, and his life as an out gay athlete. His previous and understandable reluctance to explore these issues is now history.
Of most interest, Tom spent a portion of the interview discussing his personal journey being true to himself, whatever the social conventions.
“I guess it has always been in the back of my head, but you never really know," said Tom. "I’d never had feelings for a person along those lines. I’d been in relationships with girls where I’d had sexual feelings, but it became so much more intense when I met Lance. I thought, ‘Whoa, this is weird. Why am I having these feelings for somebody?'... I always knew that I had that attraction to guys, but I just thought that was a usual thing, being attracted to guys and girls. It was only when I met Lance I started having such strong feelings.”
Tom, whose sexuality had been the subject of much speculation for many years, took the first step towards embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in late 2013 when he came out of the closet in a YouTube video . Though he stopped short of using identifiers such as "gay" or "bisexual." In the video, Tom shared the news that he was in a relationship with a man, later revealed to be screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Five months on, Tom issued a clarification about his sexuality, telling the world "I am a gay man now." He is, however, still no fan of labels, saying, “I don’t put a particular label on any of it because right now I’m in a relationship with a guy, but I still have sexual feelings towards girls... [Dustin and I] joke about it sometimes. He actually sometimes has sexual feelings towards girls. Relationship, feelings… I’m with Lance, but you can appreciate anyone who’s hot!
World Championships Gold Update
Tom Daley teamed up with Essex girl Rebecca Gallantree to win an unexpected diving gold medal for Great Britain on Wednesday at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russa. Tom delivered a stunning fourth dive in their six-stage combination in the team event, with four of the six judges scoring it a perfect ten.
The British pair totalled 434.65 points, putting them ahead of Ukraine, who took second place, and bronze medal winners China. It was the first time a mixed team event had been staged at the World Championships, and victory stunned Daley.
“We really don’t know what happened there,” said Daley. "We went into the competition as a bit of a warm-up for our individual events. But to come away with a result like that is amazing.
World Championships Bronze Update: a second medal for Tom Daley.
Tom Daley recovered from a poor start to win his second medal of the 2015 World Aquatics Championships with bronze in the men's 10m platform event. It was his first individual World Championship medal since 2009 and came after he won team gold with Rebecca Gallantree in the team event.
"I'm really happy with that bronze because I did make it as hard as possible for myself," said Daley who was ninth after the second of six rounds but recovered well.
The 21-year-old, who had already secured an Olympic 10m platform place for Team GB by reaching the final, delivered four stunning routines to score a total of 537.95 and finish in the final podium position. His result ensured that Britain ended with a total of four medals - their best ever finish at a world championships. The team won one medal in 2005 and 2009.
Defending champion Qui Bo of China (587.0) took the title, with USA Olympic gold medallist David Boudia (560.2) second.
"I've learned to persevere, stick at it and keep going because you never know what can happen in competitions," added Daley, who won Olympic bronze at London 2012. "It came down to the last dive when we were on the same score but I quite like that competition pressure - I find it fun.
Lustralboy says: "As long standing admirers of his courage as a sportsman and now as an out celebrity, we welcome his evolving openness. There can be few better role models for young guys getting to grips with the challenges of a less conventional sexuality.
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