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

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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. says

    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.

  2. Randy says

    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.

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