Tom Daley had an eventful week at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The British diver won gold, despite a speedo malfunction that exposed his penis, and then challenged anti-LGBT laws in Commonwealth countries. Daley called on all Commonwealth countries to decriminalize being LGBTQ.
Daley and his diving partner Dan Goodfellow won the synchronized 10-meter platform competition at the Gold Coast tournament. Following their victory, Daley used the opportunity to discuss the “37 of the competing nations [that] criminalize being LGBT+”.
🥇G O L D 🥇 • • • 🏳️🌈 37 of the competing nations criminalise being LGBT+. I feel so lucky to be able to be openly who I am without worry. I hope one day every athlete from every nation in the commonwealth will be free to compete openly as who they are too! 🏳️🌈 • • • The journey to these commonwealth games has been a rough ride! I am so happy to come away with @dannielgoodfellow as COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONS 😜🥇 Now time to CELEBRATE! 🤪 • • • #Gold #Champions #gc2018 #Australia #Diving #TeamEngland
“I feel so lucky to be able to be openly who I am without worry,” he wrote on Twitter. “I hope one day every athlete from every nation in the Commonwealth will be free to compete openly as who they are too.”
The 23-year-old diver, who married screenwriter Dustin Lance Black in May of 2017, also addressed the topic on Friday’s edition of BBC 5 Live Breakfast.
“I feel truly lucky to be able to complete openly as who I am, without having to worry about any ramifications,” he stated. “For those 37 countries … I can’t even imagine what it would be like growing up knowing that you’re not on an equal playing field and are going to be judged for who you are.”
He continued,” We need to talk about it; these issues need to be raised and sorted out. We need progress, even before Birmingham the next Commonwealth Games, if we can get one country to decriminalize homosexuality, then we’re moving in the right direction.”
Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is illegal, but not generally enforced:
Trinidad and Tobago
However, in the following countries, homosexuality is punished by imprisonment:
Papua New Guinea
Saints Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
In Brunei, it is punishable by the death penalty.
On Valentine’s Day, Daley and his husband announced that they will be becoming parents later this year.
The couple later explained their discussion over how to start a family, detailing their decision to opt for surrogacy over adoption.
“Both of us have lost our family members, parents at an early age,” Black said on Fearne Cotton’s “Happy Place” podcast. “There was something for both of us, where we felt deeply that we’d like to complete that connection first when creating our family, and to have a biological connection to our past, to bring that into our present and let that grow into the future. At least at first, for the first couple!”
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“We’ve always said we’d be very open and honest with our child,” Tom added. “I’ve been writing down a diary of every single step that we’ve gone through, so we can explain it to our child.”
Now, about that Speedo malfunction …
Seconds after Daley and Goodfellow dove effortlessly beneath the surface of the pool, Daley’s penis slipped out of the edge of his Speedo. You’ll probably need to zoom in just a smidge.