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Diver Tom Daley wins gold, calls out anti-LGBT countries

Tom Daley has a message for anti-LGBT commonwealth countries after his gold medal win.
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Tom Daley - Twitter

Out gay athletes seem to be using their platforms to call out global anti-gay sentiments more than ever this year.

For instance diver, Tom Daley was in Australia this week competing in the Commonwealth Games, a gathering of athletes from countries that were under the British Empire.

Daley, 23, won the gold for diving and took the opportunity to voice his concerns about the majority of countries represented in the games that still criminalize same-sex relationships. 

"There are 37 countries in the Commonwealth where it is illegal to be who I am. And hopefully we can reduce that number," he said on Twitter

"Coming to the Gold Coast as an openly gay man is really important.

"You want to feel comfortable in who you are when you are standing on that diving board and for 37 Commonwealth countries that are here participating that is not the case," he added. 

These countries still carry antiquated anti-LGBT laws held over from British rule in the 19th century, some as severe as the death penalty.

The world is continuing to change in some countries, some have been notoriously discriminatory. Just this week a judge in Trinidad and Tobago overturned anti-LGBT laws.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done in other countries such as Uganda where harsh laws are in place not only for openly gay people but for anyone who rallies for equality.

Tom Daley came out in 2013, and today he and his husband screenwriter Dustin Lance-Black are expecting a baby.