Real bothered by the reaction to Tom Daley’s video.
Did anyone actually watch it?
He said he was making that video so that his words could be heard, that he wouldn’t be misquoted or taken the wrong way. I have already seen so many posts saying ‘Tom Daley is gay!’ ‘Tom Daley - I am gay’ etc etc.
No, Tom Daley did not come out as gay. He cam out as someone who is in a happy relationship with a man.
At no point did he identify himself as being gay, in fact he didn’t label himself at all.
He made a point to admit that he still was interested in women, but for the time being he is interested in a man. So, while it’s really not anyone else’s job to label him, I understand that people need to be able to put everyone in certain boxes.
If we’re going to label him can’t we say queer, or bisexual or pan sexual (of course it’s impossible to know because we are not him), why do we always have to jump from straight to gay like there is nothing in between.
I understand that it’s exciting when there are people who come out and identify the same way as you, but what about those of us who identify as bi or pan or poly or so many other things.
If later on, if he dates a girl, will there be backlash over the fact that he either lied about being gay or went back into the closet or whatever people will decide he’s doing?
We need to start respecting the way people identify themselves, not putting words in their mouths and deciding who they are for them.
Just be happy that this man has found happiness and was comfortable enough in that happiness to share it with everyone.
It’s brave and it’s respectable and that should be enough