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December 3, 2014

Tom Daley doing high leg kicks in a swimming pool? What’s not to love?

Britain’s Tom Daley, the Olympic medal-winning diver jumped back into the pool recently to mark the fact that FINA will be allowing men to take part in the Synchronized Swimming World Championships for the first time in 2015.

Daley, aged 20, joined members of Aquabatix, for his first attempt at synchronized swimming – and the results have just been released on youtube.

November 19, 2014

British diving star is released on same day IOC said it wants to have protections for LGBTI people

British diver Tom Daley talks about his dreams of winning Olympic gold in 2016 and a little bit about coming out in an official Olympics video released this week.

Daley also talks about the 'announcement' he made last December but the word 'gay' is not uttered once in the 9-minutes and 17-seconds interview.

'Since then the public support has been literally overwhelming,' Daley says. 'Everyone's been so nice, everyone's been so supportive.'

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 7, 2014

Olympic diver and Oscar winner raising money for causes close to their hearts

Olympic diver Tom Daley and his Oscar winning boyfriend Dustin Lance Black announced on Thursday (6 November) that they are selling themselves.

But just for one night.

The Power couple are raffling off a double date - with them - in London as a way to raise money for two causes near and dear to their hearts: The Brain Tumour Charity and the Human Rights Campaign.

They explain in a video that Daley's dad died of a brain tumor and Black's gay older brother died from cancer before marriage equality came to the Southern state in which he lived.

October 9, 2014

British gay diver revealed he will not be making any political statement against Russia's anti-gay laws when he travels there next year

Tom Daley believes any footballer would be surprised by the amount of support they would receive if they chose to come out.

The 20-year-old Olympic diver, who came out last December on YouTube, has said he believes soccer will be more accepting than people realise.

There are only two professional gay soccer players in the entire world. Anton Hysén, who is playing for Myrtle Beach FC, a fourth-tier level US team, and Robbie Rogers, who plays for major US club LA Galaxy.

September 25, 2014

Olympic diver and Oscar winner take helicopter ride to romantic mountain top picnic

It was date night for Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

A movie? Dinner at a restaurant?

Not a chance.

With Daley in charge of the planning, the couple took a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain where they then proceeded to have a romantic picnic.

September 16, 2014

Are you Team Daley or Team Cumming in the debate over Scotland becoming its own independent country?

The battlelines are drawn, and it's time to decide on Scottish independence. And the question is, are you on Team Daley or Team Cumming?

Gay Olympic diver Tom Daley, from Plymouth, England, has revealed he wants the UK to stay as it is, believing the country is 'better together' as a whole.

But gay actor Alan Cumming, from Alberfeldy, Scotland says otherwise, describing it a chance for the country to have their destiny in their own hands.

August 8, 2014

Over 11,000 LGBT and ally athletes converge on Cleveland, Ohio to compete in over 30 sport categories

Gay sport and entertainment icons will kick off the 9th Gay Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio this year.

Former pop star Lance Bass and R&B girl group Pointer Sisters will be joined by openly gay former Olympic diver Greg Louganis on 9 August to welcome thousands of athletes and supporters to what is considered one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world.

August 2, 2014

Earlier in the Games, Daley took silver in the 10m platform pairs

United Kingdom's out diver Tom Daley took gold today (2 August) in the Commonwealth Games' 10m platform.

'GOLD!!!' he wrote on Facebook, under his picture holding the Glasgow medal.

According to the BBC, the 20-year-old scored 516.55 to keep the title he won in Delhi in 2010.

Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang took silver with a score of 433.70; Vincent Riendeau, from Canada, was awarded  bronze with 429.25.

July 29, 2014

'I’d even had dinner with him a month before it happened and I never knew anything'

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete at the 2008 Summer Olympics, is not even the only out diver at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Also diving is Britain's Tom Daley who came out last year and has since gone public with his relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Mitcham says he was 'as surprised as anyone else when Daley, 20, posted his coming out video on YouTube.

July 29, 2014

'None of you "knew." Nobody can know until the person says so themselves'

Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Mitcham's comment that he was 'as surprised as anyone else' when fellow diver Tom Daley came out has been met with skepticism by some Gay Star News readers.

Among the comments posted on the GSN Facebook page today:

July 21, 2014

Gay Olympic diver has his fans terrified after his plane dumps its fuel and makes an emergency landing in a Russian city

Olympic gay diver Tom Daley is in Russia after his plane landed there in an emergency.

The 20-year-old Brit landed in Irkutsk, a southeastern city close to the borders of Mongolia.

The athlete snapped a picture of the plane dumping its fuel shortly before it landed on the runway.

While it is impossible to speculate why the aircraft had to make an emergency landing, fuel dumps sometimes occur if the pilot suspects a fire.

Dumping the fuel can also be done to reduce weight.

July 17, 2014

Gay Olympic diver beat out celebs like David Beckham, Shayne Ward and Duncan James to win the top 100

Tom Daley may have wowed the world with athleticism, but it is something else that has got readers of a gay magazine sweating.

For the second year in the row, the Olympic diver was announced at the top of Attitude magazine’s 100 Sexiest Men In The World.

Singer Shayne Ward, actor Zac Efron, footballer David Beckham and The Only Way Is Essex star Dan Osbourne rounded off the top five.

McFly’s Harry Judd was number six, followed by diver Chris Mears, Blue’s Duncan James, One Direction’s Zayn Malik and Looking’s Russell Tovey finishing the top 10.

July 10, 2014

The National Gay and Lesbian sports hall of fame in the US has announced a new crop of inductees, and British diving champ Tom Daley is one of them

The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in the US has announced British Olympic diver Tom Daley as one of their 2014 inductees.

Other athletes named on the list alongside Daley are retired NBA player John Amaechi, retired rugby player Gareth Thomas and mixed martial artist Fallon Fox.

The hall of fame aims to ‘recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community.

July 4, 2014

Olympic diver wears pink shoes to watch matches from royal box

Olympic diver Tom Daley had an invitation to watch some matches at Wimbledon and wanted to look good for the occasion.

'I'm going to be in the royal box which is pretty cool if you ask me,' he says in a video he posted on YouTube.

But what to wear?

Daley is seen scampering about his bedroom stripping down to his skivvies and quickly putting on trousers, a shirt and a tie and a sportcoat before having a decision to make.

'Pink and white shoes?' he wonders.

He decides on the pink shoes to go with the little bit of pink in his tie.

June 28, 2014

The US actress took the top spot in the LGBTI awards, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Daley and Stephen Fry are also honoured

US trans actress and activist Laverne Cox was revealed as number one on the World Pride Power list last night (27 June).

The Orange is the New Black actress wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, but sent a video message instead.

‘I hope you can love each other more regardless of who you are or how you identify,’ said Cox. 

Cox has been hailed as one of the most recognizable and successful trans women in popular culture. She has appeared on talk shows with Wendy Williams and Katie Couric and was recently on the cover of Time magazine.

May 21, 2014

Happy 20th birthday to everyone's favorite British Olympic diver!

Happy birthday Tom Daley!

The gay British Olympic diver is no longer a teenager. He is 20 years old today.

In a world when other 20-year-old celebs, like Justin Bieber, get DUIs and spit in fans' faces, it's nice to know there is a real role model out there for young LGBTI teens.

And it's not like Daley is incredibly ugly either.

Here's a few other reasons why we love Daley:

May 17, 2014

Columnist and former Apprentice star expects her 10-year-old son is going to be gay because 'he really likes hairdressing'

Former Apprentice star and controversy-seeking columnist Katie Hopkins has set her sights on gay Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Last December, the 19-year-old athlete came out in a YouTube video.

But while Daley received massive support from the public, Hopkins has derided it as ‘really lame’.

Speaking to Varsity, Hopkins said: ‘It was really lame…we all knew he was gay.

‘People love Tom Daley and the people who watch divers [are the] kind of the people who like to read Women’s Weekly’.

May 7, 2014

Aussie Matthew Mitcham hits out at a columnist who wrote an article defending homophobia

A gay Olympic diver has called a journalist a ‘fucking gay cunt’ today (7 May).

Matthew Mitcham, a gold medallist at the 2008 Olympics, hit out at an Australian Daily Telegraph columnist for an article she wrote defending homophobia.

In the piece, Miranda Devine criticizes the National Rugby League for punishing a 19-year-old Wests Tigers player with a two-week ban for using an anti-gay slur.

May 2, 2014

'Everything Tom has said about being in love I feel and echo probably more'

The Oscar winner and the Olympic medalist made clear this week that they are very together.

Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley, a couple for a year now, made their first official public appearance together this week in London at the Inaugural Battersea Power Station and did not shy away from questions about their relationship.

'It’s been crazy since the whole shebang. But it has been fun and everyone’s been really supportive - so it’s all good really,' Daley, 19, told The Sun.

April 26, 2014

Paul O’Grady, Heather Peace and Joey Barton also win awards at ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’ dinner

Gay British Olympic diver Tom Daley has scooped his first major LGBTI award at ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’.

The Out In The City and G3 Magazine Awards were presented at a star-studded dinner at London’s swanky Landmark Hotel tonight (25 April).

Other celebrity winners included comedian and TV presenter Paul O'Grady and actress and musician Heather Peace, who shared the Celebrity of the Year accolade.

The Broadcaster of the Year prize went to lesbian BBC News anchor Jane Hill and camp gay comic Graham Norton.

April 19, 2014

When the Olympic diver came out last year, he received vile homophobic abuse on social media, which has now been used to create his portrait

‘Dirty fag’ and ‘he’s going to hell’ were just some of the insults thrown at Tom Daley when he came out in December 2013.

Now a UK artist has taken all the vile anti-gay slurs aimed at the British Olympic diver and turned them into art.

UK based artist Conor Collins created the portrait of Daley by using all the horrible homophobic names he was called on social media when he revealed his sexuality.

Collins revealed the finished portrait on his Twitter account this week (17 April).

April 4, 2014

Gay diver is supporting the opening of the Olympic park, hoping the legacy of 2012 will be able to continue into the future

Gay diver Tom Daley is calling for the public to come watch him in his speedos, practice his diving, and to carry on the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Speaking in a new video, Daley has given his support for visitors to make the most of what the Olympic Park has to offer, which will be open for the first time on 5 April.

Some lucky visitors will even be able to watch Tom practice his diving in the Aquatics Centre.

April 3, 2014

Olympic teen diver has said, after he still 'fancied girls' in his coming out YouTube video four months ago, he is now out and proud as a gay man

Tom Daley has officially come out as gay.

After the 19-year-old Olympic heartthrob said he still liked girls in his coming out video four months ago, he seems to have had a change of heart.

‘I am a gay man now,’ the diver said. ‘I came out on YouTube as I wanted to say what I wanted to say without anyone twisting it.

‘I told my family before I told the world. I was terrified.’