Tuesday, September 21

Athlete Tom Daley encourages LGTBI youth with his example: “I am gay and an Olympic champion”

“I think it’s one of the things that I’m extremely proud of: I’m gay and an Olympic champion.” Briton Tom Daley and his teammate Matty Lee took the gold medal in the synchronized 10-meter springboard. In the press conference after his victory, he wanted to raise his voice and express how in his childhood he felt lacking references with the same sexual orientation. “When I was young I felt alone, different, I felt that I did not fit … there was something in me that would never be good enough as society wanted me to be.”

The 24-year-old, who many media dubbed a ‘child prodigy’ at the 2008 Beijing Games, has managed to win this distinction at his fourth Olympics. The athlete wanted to celebrate this triumph as “proof that you can get what you want.” He has also applauded that there are “more openly LGTBI athletes in these Games than in any other” unlike the summer of 2013, when he came out of the closet.

In addition, he has addressed directly to all the people who may be in the same situation in which he was a few years ago: “I hope that any young LGTBI can see that no matter how lonely you feel right now: you are not alone. You can get what you want. ” And he has highlighted the importance of having a community out there, “the family of your choice”, ready to help you.

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