Tom Daley and his diving partner, Matty Lee, brought home a gold medal for Team Great Britain Monday on the synchronized 10-meter platform dive, and the victory was especially meaningful for Daley in his second Olympics as an openly gay man.
Daley came out in a YouTube video in 2013 shortly after he began dating his now-husband, Dustin Lance Black. According to Outsports, there are 168 openly LGBTQ+ athletes competing at the Tokyo Games, which is triple the then-record total from the 2016 Olympics (56).
“I feel incredibly proud to say that I’m a gay man and also an Olympic champion,” Daley said via the Olympic News Service after winning gold. “I feel very empowered by that.”
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