To cap off the year, Tom was appointed OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, for “services to diving, LGBTQ+ rights and charity”.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Tom said he plans to use his OBE to promote inclusion and “make the whole Commonwealth a better place for LGBT people”.
“I feel it’s almost like a responsibility to make the whole Commonwealth a better place for LGBT people, for women, for people of colour, to make it a more inclusive and more accepting environment”, Daley said.
Continuing: “It is now my responsibility to try and help create change and help create this environment where everybody can be anything that they want, no matter where they came from.”
Speaking about the importance of visibility, Daley added: “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.”
“I think it’s really important to be able to lift up all of the people that feel like they’re outsiders, feel like they don’t fit in, and feel like they have been ‘less than’ for so many years, to support them in being whatever they want to be.
“I feel… able to lift up their voices.”
During Tom’s ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ (which you can watch below), Daley touched on the decision to hold the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, where same sex intercourse is punishable by flogging, stoning to death or up to seven years in prison.
“In 2022 the World Cup is being held in the second most dangerous country for queer people, Qatar. Why are we allowing places that aren’t safe for all fans and all players to host our most prestigious sporting events?”, Daley said.
The Commonwealth Games 2022 start today and for the first time LGBTQ+ athletes will be able to display the Pride flag when they take to the podium. The games themselves have been addled with calls regarding their relevance in today's society (they used to be called the Empire Games, let's just say) as well as concerns with the fact that it is illegal to be...
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