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Tom Daley Reveals Why Husband Dustin Lance Black Is Banned From Russia

Tom Daley Reveals Why Husband Dustin Lance Black Is Banned From Russia

Tom Daley is featured in this week’s Pride issue of ShortList, on newsstands today.

Here’s what the 24-year-old diver – and new dad – had to share with the mag:

On his biggest concern coming out: “My biggest concern when I came out was: what would the parents of young divers think? Would they discourage their kids from diving because a high-profile athlete like me was gay? I was so worried.”

On competing in countries where being gay is punishible: “It can be scary going to countries that aren’t accepting of LGBTQ+ people. I’ve competed in the Middle East, Russia, and parts of the Commonwealth, where being gay is punishable. I feel extremely lucky being able to compete as I am without worrying about ramifications.”

On why husband Dustin Lance Black is banned from Russia: “My husband [screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black] is blacklisted from Russia. He did a big protest there with a massive rainbow flag, and after he screened his film Milk he started getting threats and attacks. So he’s not allowed back.”

The full interview appears in this week’s Pride issue of ShortList, out Thursday July 5, 2018

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  • Maria M.

    Being gay is not punishable in Russia, you ignorant little idiot!