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brave….I’m kinda tired of hearing how brave it is- it’s 2014…if you live in a Western Culture- Europe/N America- you get near total acceptance these days…if you come out in Saudi Arabia, Russia or at 16 in Mississippi- yes, you;re brave.
nice build but not an attractive guy at all
@hotboyvb81: Even if you live in the most accepting of communities, not all parents are going to be okay with having a child who’s gay. To them, it’s one thing to have a gay friend, but to have a gay child is another(that’s exactly what happened to me and I’m from California).
WOW man sit on my face.
@Tookietookie123: yes- but the numbers drop significantly every year- but a millionaire who EVERYONE and their dog thought was gay- come on….hardly earth shaking- if his mum didn’t know, she’s an idiot!
coming out is hard for everyone and we should respect everyone who does it. Especially someone who would have been warned about how much money he would lose from his tween fans.
yawn- hard, yes- brave…in this day and age, not so much- especially when everyone knew!
1. If it’s so lacking in bravery, then how come there are still so few of his generation in all fields of endeavour that are out. I look forward to seeing your long list of teenage to 20 year old out athletes, actors, musicians and so on who are at the same level of international success. Because there must be dozens and dozens of them if you are right.
2. Part of the reason he is credited is that he did it anyway, despite some members of his family being unhappy, and because of the way he took control of the message himself rather than through some paid magazine or TV interview.
3. The fact that he’s done all this and continued his training despite the loss of his father is another signal this this is a creditable young man.
Of course, “brave” is a relative term, but I don’t think anyone is suggesting that Tom’s level of bravery matches that of, for example, someone from a country that faces the death penalty if they come out.
However, that does not mean that what Tom did lacked courage. Western Culture is still not the Utopia hotboyvb81 seems to think it is; things might have progressed (hugely) in recent years, but there are still many bigoted people in our societies – people still get attacked in the UK, beaten up by homophobes because of their sexuality. Indeed, Tom faced homophobic abuse on Twitter after he came out.
And, I would suggest that it was incredibly brave of Tom, considering the subsequent flack he received (from some more than others, particularly Twitter Trolls) when his relationship with DLB became known.
It might be hotboyvb81’s opinion that Tom was not brave, but I think his belittling of Tom and his mother speaks more about him and his character, than it does about (his perception of) Tom’s bravery.
What took you so long- I was beginning to worry. I guess you saw my facebook alert that I posted here about Tom. What kind of stalker are you, making me wait 11 whole hours!! You’re slipping! I don’t hate DLB half as much as you apparently hate me! See you soon, buddy!
and this isn’t just about Tom for me, it’s all the celeb coming out the last 2 or 3 years. People accept it today- it’s not all that brave. Michael Sam’s probably the only one I’d consider brave- he did it before being drafted/put his whole career on the line. There are about 5 out divers- most before Tom- Mitcham/Louganis- both with more impressive resumes, both doing fine
You must realize that Louis Smith is a British athlete and his opinion is based on the fact that there are really not that many out athletes in his country. Tom Daley is probably the most high-profile active athlete in the Uk who is openly gay.?MitchamLouganis
Louganis did not come out publicly as gay until after retiring. Mitcham was brave but he did say that being openly gay affected attracting big-name sponsorship.
Being openly gay is still a career disadvantage, that’s why most gay athletes don’t even come out. It would be great if we lived in a world where sexuality is not an issue, but we don’t. Things are better for gays than, say, the 80s, but to join hands and sing a pretty song about how being openly gay in the sports industry doesn’t affect their careers in the least is putting one’s head in the sand.
by mentioning Louganis- I meant, it’s not Earth shattering for people to accept a gay diver- seeing as how the gretest of all time is gay- coming out back in the 90s was brave- the backlash was still huge then- there just isn’t any significant backlash today- just from the small minority of right wing dinosaurs who die out every year.
Martina Navratilova, Ian McKellan, Boy George were brave…Tom Daley, Ellen Page, Adam Lambert…not so much- ,thanks to the work and sacrifice of the ones 30 years ago.
“Martina Navratilova, Ian McKellan, Boy George were brave”
But they spent many, many years in the closet. None of them were teenagers when they came out. If coming out is so easy now, then can you explain why Tom Daley is literally the only young high-profile active athlete in the Uk who is openly gay?
Martina and George were young- George was about 21 and Martina was 24- she couldn’t come out before 1981/at 24 because she was stateless after defecting- the US State Dept would have denied her citizenship if it was known she was gay- it disqualified you back then- a month after she got it, she came out and lost millions… Tom being the only one- well, how many pro or world class atletes are there under 20? Take that small percent and multiple by the small percent that might be gay- and there’s your answer. He deserves support/encouragement/ and congrats…it’s just not all that brave anymore- especially for someone everyone thought was gay all along.
Hey- I’m sorry, I forgot- Tom acquirred gay sainthood as St. Thomas of a Divingboard last Decemeber and we’re all supposed to bow down and worship him, MY BAD!!!
Boy George did NOT come out publicly as gay when he was 21. He kept giving vague answers about his sexuality when Culture Club was popular. He came out as gay in his autobiography, Take it Like a Man when he was 34. As for Tom, his fanbase is made up of mostly young girls. His fangirls certainly didn’t know that they were lusing after a gay guy and buying stuff with the words “The Future Mrs Tom Daley”.
@hotboyvb81: You do realise you are responsible for 50% of the posts on this article. An article about Louis Smith and you are going on about Tom Daley.
Who is obsessed?
well- stop responding to my posts – 9 of 21 isn’t 50%…now 10 of 22….I’m only ‘obsessed’ with having the right to an opinion, which certain members have tried to take from me- following me from site to site, bullying/stalking, etc- well, fuck that shit- I’m posting!!!!
Louis is just a nasty closeted queen who envies Tom who can be out and proud!
^^^^ now THAT comment deserves the responses from you guys. Louis has never dinged my gaydar.
How in the hell did a post about the hot Brit gymnast Louis Smith with just a slight mention of Tom Daley, get turned into predominantly Tom Daley? WTF?!!!
@hotboyvb81: you’re defending him like some ugly queens kept defending Tom when it was obvious that he’s gay.
@hotboyvb81: just like you they have a “straight” fetish and can’t accept an openly gay guy.
@Blackceo: Bad old fashioned irrational hatred.
Wow, I’m speechless! I didn’t think someone with such levels of intelligence, wit and insight as litper actually existed – truly astonishing!
@CWfan: says a straight-worshipper?
He’s really beautiful. I’m glad to hear he’s gay-friendly.
@litper: Sorry, I just spat out my coffee laughing so much after reading your comment…I didn’t realise it was possible, but I think your powers of deduction and psychoanalysis actually surpass my previous estimates of your abilities.
Thank you for bringing a smile to my face! :-)
Louis Smith is one of dozens non-medaling Olympians who understand their shelf-life after competition who is able to extend their 15 minutes of non-Wheaties fame with sexy underwear pics and nude selfies. Smart guy.
@hotboyvb81: Seriously? It may be common these days, but it is definitely still a brave thing to do. You must not have had to face the reactions of family first and foremost. But to come out to the world when the majority of it is still homophobic (and violent), you can bet that is brave.
@sportyguy1983: I wonder what you would consider attractive then O_o He’s definitely a 10!
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