The British Olympic diver, Tom Daley, a national hero, fell in love earlier this year. With another man. He went public today. And what’s so stirring about the Youtube is not just how social media gives people such astonishing control over their public face, but how Daley, who qualified for the Beijing Olympics at fourteen and won the gold, places love at the center of what happened to him. Love. Money quote:
It makes me feel safe.
That’s how you know it’s real.
Update from a reader:
I also enjoyed the way in which Tom Daley framed his coming out. But you’ve attributed to him the achievement of a different openly gay Olympic-caliber diver – Australia’s Matthew Mitcham – in claiming that he medaled in Beijing. Daley made the finals in Beijing but did not medal. It was Mitcham whose record-setting final dive led to the stunning upset of China’s Zhou Luxin, securing the gold in the 10m platform and preventing China from sweeping the gold in every diving category. Daley did win the bronze in the 10m platform at the 2012 games in London.
(Photo: Tom Daley of Great Britain competes in the Men’s 10m Platform Diving preliminary round of the 15th FINA World Championships at Piscina Municipal de Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain on July 27, 2013. By Clive Rose/Getty Images.)