Coming out is never easy. It’s got to be a thousand times worse when you’re in the public eye.
The decision to either publicly announce it, or keep it private, must be one of the most difficult decisions you could make in your professional career. Whether you’re gay or bisexual, your sexuality is a personal matter, and to be honest, you shouldn’t even have to feel the need to declare it to the whole world.
But Tom, people in the public eye who ‘come out’ in the media can sometimes help those growing up, who feel there isn’t anybody like them out there. It’s always fantastic to see positive role models being happy and themselves. It’s nice to see a British Olympian swimmer announce that he has a boyfriend, because you know what, it’s so normal!
The moral of this letter? Be happy, be who you are and live life to the fullest.