02 December 2013

Tom Daley: Why Do We Care So Much About His Sexuality?

So, this morning, Tom Daley announced he was in a relationship with a man.

Posting a video on Youtube, the Bronze-medal winning diver announced the following:

"In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great.”

"That someone is a guy."

He then added: "Of course I still fancy girls but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier” and with that, grinned at the camera”.

You probably know about this. It’s trending on Twitter, is the most read story on the BBC and all anyone is talking about.

It’s certainly causing chatter in the media, on and offline. The chairman of the Amateur Swimming Association, Edward Lord, even gave a statement to the BBC: "To be one of the first British Olympic athletes to come out is very brave."

As anyone in a similar position will testify, being in love/in lust/with someone special is ace. But still it begs the question:  why did Tom Daley feel the need to broadcast a video of himself online to announce his sexuality.

Why the hoo ha? Why is it trending? Why, in 2013, is ‘coming out’ still considered a big deal?

In next week’s Grazia, we are going to pose the same question. In the meantime, let us know what you think…

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Don Fitzgerald (Mon Dec 02 21:00:25 GMT 2013): So excited for you Tom, good on you. Don