Olympian Tom Daley Shares Inspiring Message for LGBTQ+ Youth After Gold Medal Win


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British diver Tom Daley won his first Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 games in the synchronized 10-meter diving competition. The accomplishment, achieved alongside his diving partner Matty Lee, breaks a 21-year-long winning streak held by China. While the win is reason enough for Daley to celebrate, he’s using the moment to speak on LGBTQ+ visibility at the Olympic games.

“You know there are more openly out LGBT athletes at this Olympic Games than any other Olympic Games previously,” Daley said when speaking to the press. “I came out in 2013—December 2013. When I was younger I always felt that I was the one that was alone and different and didn't fit in, that there was something about me that was never going to be as good as society wanted me to be.”

Daley sees his win as a way to inspire younger LGBTQ+ folks and show that anything is possible for them. “I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now, you are not alone and you can achieve anything and there is a whole lot of your chosen family ready to support you. I think it's one of those things that I'm incredibly proud to say: that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion.”

The gold medal marks Daley’s third Olympic medal. Previously, he won bronze in 2012 and 2016. “I thought I was going to win an Olympic gold medal in Rio [2016], and that turned out the complete opposite by a long shot,” he said. “And it was my husband who said to me that my story wasn't finished, and my son or child—we didn't know at the time—needed to be there to watch me win an Olympic gold medal.”

Although Daley’s husband—screenwriter Dustin Lance Black–and their son, Robert, couldn’t be there in person to watch, Daley shared their reaction in a YouTube video he made after winning his gold. Scroll down to watch the heartwarming footage.

Olympian Tom Daley and his partner Matty Lee won the gold in the synchronized 10-meter diving competition—breaking China's 21-year winning streak.


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Daley made a reaction video to the moment, which includes heartwarming footage of his husband watching his win from afar.

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Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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