12/04/2013 03:55 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Understanding The Stigma Behind Being An LGBT Athlete


In a short, five-minute YouTube announcement Monday (video below), cherished 19-year-old British Olympian Tom Daley revealed that he is currently in a relationship with another man. According to Outsports, Daley joins just over 100 openly gay and lesbian summer Olympians, which raises an interesting question: in an increasingly accepting world, why are there still so few openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes?

Daley briefly addresses what is thought to be a taboo topic in his video announcement, reassuring his fans that he is still the same athlete despite his sexual preferences.

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