Tom Daley’s Not 100 Percent Gay
Tom Daley is taking the time to define his sexuality and tell the rest of the world about it. But, he wants a definition that doesn’t feel too constricting.
Its everyone’s right to define themselves however they want. Anyone can choose to assign a label to themselves and anyone can decide that labels aren’t a thing for them. That said, sometimes we have to be ok with the fact that others are just gonna judge and label us however they like.
Professional diver Ton Daley is opening up about these facts while also talking about his own sexuality and what he’d prefer everyone calls him.
Late last year, we talked to you about how Daley’s husband, Dustin Lance Black, shared that Daley’s “head still turns for girls.” Recently, Daley talked to The Times to share that Black’s earlier statement was true.
“I was worried when I came out that I was going to be labelled as the gay diver rather than a great diver. Now I don’t care, it’s forced me to be more open,” he said.
The 23-year-old also shared that instead of being called gay, he’d prefer a different term.
“The word a lot of people are using now is queer, instead of labelling yourself as lesbian, gay or transsexual.”
“Queer is, like, a better word,” he said, adding that “it doesn’t define you, it’s questioning.”
“People say, ‘You like boys,’ but I’ve liked girls too. My generation shouldn’t feel the need to be labelled; we are too obsessed by gender.
“I am not 100 percent straight, I’m not 100 percent gay, I’m just queer. My generation, I think, are more fluid.”
This announcement about which label he’d prefer using and others use doesn’t change much about his life and his circumstances. Tom Daley married tv producer Dustin Lance Black last year and the two are preparing to have a baby through surrogacy.
On top of that, Tom Daley is using the spotlight on him to talk about LGBTQ rights internationally through Commonwealth (the union between the UK and nations that were former colonies) sports events.
It seems that Tom Daley is dedicated to the LGBTQ community. He just wants to be referred to as the Q.