Olympic diving champion Tom Daley has pledged to use his OBE “to make the whole of the Commonwealth a better place for LGBT people”.
The sports star, who fulfilled his longtime ambition of winning gold at the delayed games of Toyko 2020, has been named OBE for services to diving, LGBTQ + rights and charity, after serving as an ambassador for the gay community alongside its sports activities.
The 27-year-old, from Plymouth, said he recognizes the responsibility that comes with that honor and stressed his determination to do more for marginalized communities.
He told BBC Breakfast: âI think it’s almost like a responsibility to make the whole Commonwealth a better place for LGBT people, for women, for people of color, to make it a better environment. inclusive and more tolerant.
âIt is now my responsibility to try to help create change and help create this environment where everyone can be whatever they want, no matter where they are from. “
Speaking about the importance of visibility, he added, âIf you can’t see it, you can’t be.
“I think it’s really important to be able to uplift all the people who feel like strangers, who don’t feel like they fit in and who feel like they’ve been ‘less than’ for so long. years, to support them by being who they want to be.
“I feelâ¦ able to raise my voice.” “
Daley’s quest for Olympic gold finally came to fruition this summer, when he and his diving partner Matty Lee took first place in the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform, having previously won bronze medals. in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
He does not rule out competing in Paris 2024 and could be seduced by the prospect of mixed or team events included in the program.
Daley finished second in the votes for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 awards, behind sole tennis player Emma Raducanu.
He was released in 2013 and married screenwriter Dustin Lance Black in 2017, with whom he has a son, Robbie.