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04/19/2007


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.


I'm Gay, LGBT: The 57 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013

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UPDATED!!!

Due to four notable December announcements - from an Australian actor, a professional marksman, an Olympic figure skater, and a beloved morning TV show host, we've updated this list to provide a more complete look back at those who decided to come out in 2013. Enjoy.

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"I would like to consider myself a 'whatever,' Maria Bello said this month in a column in the New York Times, revealing that after two relationships with men (one of which produced a child) she had fallen in love with a woman.

Bello's decision to come out while consciously eschewing a label is a sentiment echoed by many of those on this year's list who felt no need to declare themselves L-G-B or T but still found it necessary for some reason, like Hot97 DJ Mister Cee, to declare their "sexual freedom".

The British Olympic diver Tom Daley told UK talk show host Jonathan Ross, "Everything is all pretty new so I don't see any point in putting a label on it - gay, bi, straight, any of those kind of labels. All that I feel happy about at the moment is that I'm dating a guy and couldn't be happier, it shouldn't matter who I'm dating and I hope people can be happy for me."

Actress Michelle Rodriguez echoed that fluidity in a characteristically blunt manner, responding to people who call her a "lesbo":  "Eh, they're not too far off. I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f---ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks."

High school senior Jacob Rudolph went another route, adopting all the labels. He told his high school class, in a video that went viral: "I've been acting every single day of my life. You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not. Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of 'straight' Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT."

RudolphRudolph later told Thomas Roberts: "I intended to come out as an LGBT and not say bisexual or gay or straight because I feel like those are the labels of the past. Especially in modern times when people are really questioning who they like and what they like I think that saying 'I'm bisexual', it could change in the future, I could be exclusively for one sex or another. So I think that putting it in a more general term like LGBT is extraordinarily appropriate even though I'm not a lesbian or a transgender."

But while the eschewing of labels is a major trend this year, there are still plenty of people happy to declare, "I'm gay" — though fewer are doing it on the front covers of magazines and many more are using more subtle forms of delivery, like the mention of a "husband" or "partner' buried in the third page of a magazine profile, or by posting an Instagram photo with a significant other.

One thing is certain. The act of coming out in 2013 remains as powerful as ever. Though tolerance, acceptance and equality have made great strides this year, there are still many pockets of the U.S., and certainly many countries abroad where LGBT people are forced to hide because being open about their sexuality would threaten their lives and their livelihoods.

Though coming out might be greeted more and more with comments like "yawn", "No disrespect intended, but DUH!", or "who cares?" from the social media peanut gallery, we should applaud the trolls in these cases, because they're one more example that progress is being made.

Who had the 52 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013 (so far)?

Find out (in alphabetical order), AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Prince Harry, Utah, Pussy Riot, Christmas Aprons

RoadThe Cambridges offer up some Christmas PDAHarry2

RoadAnd Harry's beard made a cameo too.

RoadThe Powerpuff Girls to return to TV.

RoadDeseret News: Utah has "historic opportunity" to defend marriage -- "[Governor] Herbert and [Attorney General] Reyes, however, have both the opportunity and the willingness to take a full and vigorous legal fight forward. Building on the extraordinary social and economic results that we believe stems from Utah’s deep-seated support of the traditional family, Herbert and Reyes can shape a full-vetting of the complex issues involved in this vitally important debate in both the courts and in the court of public opinion. The vision, tone and rigor that they bring to this debate will provide much needed leadership, not just for Utah, but for the nation."

RoadA very Obama Christmas.

RoadFeud: Joan Rivers vs. Jennifer Lawrence.

RoadCulprit shot dead in Christmas home invasion in Texas turns out to be the Mayor's son.

RoadZachary Quinto prank calls Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Christian Borle.


Aprons RoadNJ Governor Christie has a reputation of being something of a bully.

RoadPussy Riot members granted amnesty in run-up to Sochi games; reunited after leaving prison.

RoadJustin Bieber insists he is retiring.

RoadOne Direction's Liam Payne challenges Tom Daley to an apron-off.

RoadAnd apparently Dustin Lance Black and boyfriend Daley both received a pair of rainbow toe socks for Christmas.

RoadNYT asks, "Is the Internet a Mob without Consequence?": "The immediacy and fast pace of the Internet can be magical. But when someone makes a comment that the masses disagree with, a mob with 140-character pitchforks can develop in seconds and the Internet can become terrifyingly bellicose."


Tom Daley Dons 'Gay Icon' Apron And Not Much Else

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There seemed to be a "running theme" underscoring Tom Daley's Christmas: support from his family and friends following his very recent and public coming out. The diver, 19, who came out via a message on YouTube earlier this month and has been widely speculated to be in a relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, 39, shared photos of his rainbow-colored Christmas on Instagram. A friend gave him a "gay icon" apron while his Aunty Marie wrapped her present to her nephew in rainbow-colored ribbon. The Olympian also donned a pair of rainbow toe socks--the perfect (and only) accessory to his gay icon apron ensemble. 

Check out one more pic AFTER THE JUMP...

(Photos via Instagram)

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UK Evangelist Condemned for Suggesting That Tom Daley is Gay Because His Father Died

Last week we reported that anti-gay fundie Peter LaBarbera went to Jamaica to foment more hatred against gay people there. Buzzfeed has more on the conference of conservative Christians that LaBarbera attended, which included Andrea Minichiello Williams, a UK evangelist who is making headlines in the UK for her remarks suggesting that British diver Tom Daley is gay because his father died.

Buzzfeed reports: Williams

During her remarks, Andrea Minichiello Williams of the United Kingdom’s Christian Concern said Jamaica had the opportunity to become a world leader by fending off foreign pressure to decriminalize same-sex intercourse.

“Might it be that Jamaica says to the United States of America, says to Europe, ‘Enough! You cannot come in and attack our families. We will not accept aid or promotion tied to an agenda that is against God and destroys our families,’” she said, adding to applause, “If you win here, you will have an impact in the Caribbean and an impact across the globe.”

She made the case that it is a “big lie” that homosexuality is inborn, arguing instead it is caused by environmental factors like “the lack of the father” and “sometimes a level of abuse.” She illustrated her point with the case of 19-year-old British diver Tom Daley and his reported relationship with American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Daley, she said, who is “loved by all the girls and had girlfriends,” had “lost his father to cancer just a few years ago and he’s just come out on YouTube that he’s in a relationship with a man, that man is 39, a leading gay activist in the States.”

The Independent reports:

Yesterday Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, where Mrs Williams was elected to the General Synod in 2011, condemned the comments.

He told the Independent that they had "no sanction in the Church of England" and that they "should be rejected as offensive and unacceptable".

While the gay rights charity Stonewall said it was "sad" that Mrs Williams is "supporting the prosecution of gay people simply for how they were born".

Dr Keith Sharpe, vice chair of Changing Attitudes, an Anglian body calling for full equality for LGB&T people, said that her "bigoted outburst amount to dangerous hatemongering".

He added that "Jamaica is one of the most dangerous places in the world for LGB&T people who suffer homophobic intimidation and violence on a daily basis" and that endorsing its laws on gay sex amounted to supporting the "vilest form of homophobia in a most terrible cultural situation."


Elton John, Stephen Fry, George Michael, Graham Norton, and Tom Daley Get Together: PHOTO

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The Kaleidoscope Trust, a UK based international LGBT rights charity, is auctioning off seven sets of these Russian nesting dolls in a #ToRussiaWithLove campaign.

The auction will be held today through December 22  to raise money for The Kaleidoscope Trust and their counterparts in the Russian LGBT community, says the group.

They add: "Over Christmas, Mother will deliver a set of dolls to the Russian Embassy in London and The Kremlin as an act of solidarity with the LGBT community in Russia."


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