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Tom Daley praised for insightful documentary on Commonwealth homophobia

BBC One’s new documentary Tom Daley: Illegal to be me is out and people are praising the diving champion for this insightful look into homophobia in the Commonwealth countries. In the documentary, he travels to different countries to talk to LGBTQ+ athletes impacted by homophobic legislation. Tom Daley is certainly not new to using his […]

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Tom Daley praised for exposing horrors of how gay people are treated in certain Commonwealth countries in ‘deeply moving’ documentary
Tom Daley has been praised by viewers for his unflinching and ‘shocking’ look at how LGBTQ+ people are treated in certain countries in his documentary Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me.The 28-year-old retired diver spoke to athletes identifying as members of the LGBTQ+ about their experiences of persecution in their home countries ahead of the Commonwealth Games, where 35 of the 56 member states still outlaw homosexuality.Travelling to places including Jamaica and Pakistan, as well as speaking with a Nigerian refugee, the programme did not shy away from revealing the full and traumatic extent of some of its participants’ experiences – one of whom was stabbed in the arm for being gay, and another of who’s friend was murdered.As Tom himself said in reaction to that story: ‘Sad doesn’t even cover it, it’s like something out of a horror film.’However, the documentary attracted plaudits online as Tom campaigned for the Pride flag to be included in the Games’ Opening Ceremony, as well as exploring the idea of banning anti-LGBT nations from hosting the event in future years.‘Tom Daley is no longer just a sportsman, he’s an activist & a #LGBTQ community hero,’ tweeted one fan. ‘Using his diving platform to take a leap into uncomfortable truths about the commonwealth (a day after they ended!) with other leading activists is a bold move.
I Would Be Illegal in Half Of Commonwealth Countries: Tom Daley’s Film On Gay Athletes
Out gay British Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley is receiving praise for his new documentary film ‘Illegal To Be Me‘ that explores the lives of gay athletes, many living in countries where homosexuality is illegal. Daley said the shooting the film exposed him to the fact that the laws against homosexuality in Commonwealth countries were a legacy of British colonialism. Tom DaleyIn a social media post, Daley revealed that he had been travelling around the world meeting other gay athletes for the film. “This year I have been travelling around the Commonwealth, visiting countries where same sex relationships are a crime,” said Daley. “I have spoken to athletes, advocates and activists to try and find out how they think sporting federations can better support and protect LGBTQIA+ athletes. The people in the documentary highlight the importance of visibility for queer people and it taught me an incredible amount about how we can continue the fight for equality,” said Daley. Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Daley had in October 2021 said that he was on a “mission” to get the Olympics to ban countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.Tom Daley (centre) with LGBTQI advocates and athletes at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.Last month, at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Daley along with six other LGBTQI athletes carried the Queen’s baton into the stadium. “In over half of the Commonwealth countries, homosexuality is still a crime and in three of those countries the maximum penalty is the death sentence.
Tom Daley Champions LGBT Rights and Protests Homophobia at Commonwealth Games
British diver Tom Daley delivered a powerful statement on the eve of the Commonwealth Games night, advocating for LGBTQI+ rights while protesting against the 35 countries under the Commonwealth where being part of the queer community is currently illegal. The Olympic champion played a key role in the ceremony, as the first athlete to carry the Queen’s Baton and was met with other athletes and activists who waved Pride Progress flags, raising awareness of the member states under the Commonwealth which criminalise same-sex relations. Pride House Birmingham (PHB) co-founder Lou Englefield spoke to ABC sport stating that there are currently “more countries in the Commonwealth that criminalise homosexuality than don’t.” Though Daley had decided not to compete at Birmingham 2022, he has been a strong advocate for LGBTQI+ rights in the past, drawing attention to the persecution of queer individuals after winning his 10 metres synchro event at the Gold Coast in 2018. These laws are a legacy of colonialism. This opening ceremony for us is about showing LGBTQ+ visibility to the billion people watching.” The opening of Pride House Birmingham has been projected to have the biggest presence to date by a Pride House at a Commonwealth Games. Pride Houses are venues dedicated to diversity, culture and LGBTQI+ inclusion at major sporting events where visitors are encouraged to enjoy performances, talks and activities in addition to opportunities to view live sports.
Edward Enninful and Alicia Keys win big at British LGBT Awards 2022 with Adele Roberts and Rylan Clark also honoured
LGBT Awards 2022 have honoured an array of influential and inspiring individuals, with people including British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE and singing superstar Alicia Keys among the big winners of the event.Taking place in London tonight, the award ceremony dished out accolades including global media trailblazer, diversity hero, role model of the year and lifetime achievement, with former Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins hosting the star-studded affair at The Brewery.BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts, TV personality Rylan Clark, charity Stonewall, singing icon Lady Gaga and Strictly Come Dancing stars Johannes Radebe and John Whaite were among the honourees.Meanwhile, Alicia – who recently performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert – delivered a special video message when she was awarded the Celebrity Ally of the Year prize at the award ceremony.Enninful, who recently helped break the internet with British Vogue’s stunning cover spread for Beyoncé ahead of her new album release, was dubbed Global Media Trailblazer, an award he was given by model Munroe Bergdorf.In his acceptance speech, he said: ‘I am so honoured to be part of the 2022 LGBT Awards, especially as the UK celebrates 50 years of pride.‘Growing up as a young, Black gay man in West London, I could only have imagined the day when events like this would celebrate people like me, and the other incredible trailblazers recognised tonight.