Newsflash, Everyone: Tom Daley Isn’t Gay
He’s queer. And yes, it does make a big difference.
Tom explicitly says in the video that he still “fancies girls,” and he never uses the word “gay,” “homosexual,” or any other synonymous word to describe his sexuality.
The fact that media outlets immediately jump to the conclusion that he’s gay not only contributes to the issue of LGBTQ erasure, it also misrepresents what Tom Daley said, which was exactly what he wanted to avoid by making the YouTube video in the first place.
So get your facts straight everyone. Tom made an incredibly courageous decision in coming out and he deserves our support and respect.
I remember when I was in China, there was a guy in our study abroad group that apparently everyone assumed was gay because he fit most of the stereotypes. Then, I was with a group of people when someone mentioned that that guy had gotten a hotel room for the night with a local girl he met at a bar. Everyone was like “But I thought he was gay??? He can’t possibly be straight!!!”. It never even occurred to them that he could be bisexual. That was never even a possibility they brought up. Gay or Straight.