Tom Bosworth, the British track and field athlete, has come out as gay.
Even though he is only 25, Tom is currently ranked number one in the UK for the 20km race walker, and holds three British records.
When he spoke on the Victoria Derbyshire show, Tom said: “It is a big decision, but it’s not going to change my life. I’m comfortable and have been in a happy relationship for the last four and a half years. This isn’t going to shock anybody that knows me. But to speak out about this, as a sportsperson, it is still news. In a few years time, anyone [will be able] to do this. Anyone can succeed in sport. And then hopefully it won’t be news anymore.”
Tom admitted that it was “scary” to come out, but also recognised that he was “really lucky” because of the support his friends and family have shown. He also said that he has had “99% support” from other athletes.
He finished up by saying: “In sport I don’t think being gay is still a ‘normal’ thing,’ he added, when asked about why it is still hard to come out in sport. In sport you have to look strong, in athletics you’re out there on your own. Others might see being gay as a weakness, but I certainly do not consider my sexuality a weakness.”