Tom Daley has said it is still difficult to be open about being gay, saying he still feels ‘weird’ when he says he’s got a boyfriend.
The gay Olympic diver first came out as bisexual in 2013, and then later as gay, revealing he was in a relationship with American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Speaking at a Switchboard event last night, he said he is ‘constantly learning about the LGBT+ community’. He was named as an ambassador for the LGBTI helpline this week.
‘I was lucky enough before I came out to have friends and family that were so supportive that I could speak to, but lots of people aren’t so lucky to have that support system around them,’ he told BBC.
‘I still think about it when I say it. I feel weird to say I’ve got a boyfriend. Saying that out loud makes me think twice. But as the months have gone on, I feel more comfortable saying it. Give me a year and I’ll probably be at my most comfortable.’
The 21-year-old said he personally has never encountered any homophobia in diving.
‘You’re judged on what you do in the pool, not outside the pool and it should be the same if it’s football, if it’s rugby, you should be judged on what happens on the field, nothing else,’ Daley said.
‘That’s what people have to remember. You’re a sportsperson and that’s what you’ve got to go out and do. Whether you’re a part of the LGBT community or not, it shouldn’t change anything.’