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Gay Gold Olympic Winner Encourages Gay Youths

NBC NEWS: The British diver Tom Daley said Monday he hoped his gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics would be a shining example for the LGBTQ community that "you can achieve anything." (Photo above: Daley on left with diving partner.)

Daley and his diving partner, Matty Lee, swept to victory in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform event, with the British diver crying tears of joy at the podium. This is Daly's fourth Olympics and the first time he has taken a gold medal.

"I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion," he said. "And I feel very empowered by that because when I was younger, I thought I was never going to be anything, or achieve anything, because of who I was, and to be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything."

Daley, 27, said he was glad to see a record-breaking number of openly out LGBTQ athletes participating in the Olympic Games this year. However, he said that when he first came out in December 2013, he had "always felt like the one that was alone and different and didn't fit in." (For full article on Daley, Click Here.)

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