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Tom Daley Inspires Top Brazilian Diver Ian Matos to Come Out as Gay


Tom Daley has been cited as inspiration for top Brazilian diver Ian Matos to come out of the closet in an interview with the newspaper Correia, Outsports reports:

"From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality," said Matos, 24, now living in Rio de Janiero.

He said a friend advised him to stay closeted until after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but Matos said the pressure of hiding boyfriends, avoiding gay parties and not being himself proved too much. He said he hoped that coming out would not impact his ability to be a successful diver and not cost him any potential sponsorship.

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  1. Who?

    Posted by: Diver | Jan 13, 2014 10:28:29 AM

  2. Next out of the closet: a Speedo-clad Chris Christie. He's an Olympic diver trapped in a pig's body.

    Posted by: Ft. Lee Traffic | Jan 13, 2014 10:32:54 AM

  3. @Ft. LEE TRAFFIC - ewww... now trying to get that image out of my head! ewww...

    but, good for Ian! "Veritas liberabit vos"

    Posted by: mike/ | Jan 13, 2014 10:44:43 AM

  4. To paraphrase a song from ZZ Top: "He's got Legs, and he knows how to use 'em." Gorgeous gams!!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 13, 2014 10:45:13 AM

  5. Whenever someone in a Speedo comes out as gay, I simply say, "Thank you."

    Posted by: CMLion | Jan 13, 2014 10:47:43 AM

  6. Wow... how much do we all love Brasil? :)
    Muito obrigado!!!

    (more pics please)

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jan 13, 2014 11:01:00 AM

  7. Is Ian Matos friends with Glenn Greenwald?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 13, 2014 11:31:33 AM

  8. When my baby, when my baby smiles at me, I go to Rio

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 13, 2014 11:33:08 AM

  9. We would like to congratulate Mr. Matos for his courage and leadership in the world of sport. We know how hard the road to freedom can be, and coming out is never easy. With a career and a spot on the Olympic team in the balance, Mr. Matos has shown just how important coming out can be to everyone.

    Posted by: Takemehomefromnarnia | Jan 13, 2014 11:44:09 AM

  10. Good on Ian! Well done and best wishes!

    Posted by: M | Jan 13, 2014 11:54:21 AM

  11. Live life free! Don't let hate control the love you have to give! Much respect for your honesty!

    Posted by: Barbara | Jan 13, 2014 11:57:18 AM

  12. well met and well stated!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 13, 2014 11:58:39 AM

  13. Another diving hottie. Good for him.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jan 13, 2014 12:20:09 PM

  14. Perhaps it would save time if the one or two straight divers and ice skaters would fess up. Oh, that's right, we won't believe them.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jan 13, 2014 4:29:23 PM

  15. I'd sponsor that. And by 'sponsor' I mean have rough monkey sex until one, or both, of our dicks falls off.

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Jan 13, 2014 6:23:25 PM

  16. @Jamal,

    I'm sure after careful consideration, Mr. Greenwald realized his $ went further in Brazil ; )

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 13, 2014 8:08:38 PM

  17. Shwiiiiiing!

    Posted by: Tristram | Jan 14, 2014 2:09:38 AM

  18. Obviously there's great skill and athleticism involved, but I mainly enjoy watching Olympics diving just for the eye candy. It's nice to know I can now also enjoy it as one sport where several athletes have been able to come out, and that's an environment I want to support.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 14, 2014 3:50:58 PM

  19. Those who were harping about Tom Daley: When did you last inspire someone to come out?

    Posted by: ophu | Jan 27, 2014 1:38:48 AM

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