British distance swimmer Dan Jervis revealed that he is gay. The Olympian made the announcement shortly after competing at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.“I was adjusting to everything else, just trying to fit in – until I thought: ‘Just be you,’” Jervis told the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast.When he made his Olympic debut last year in Tokyo, the Welsh swimmer placed fifth.In part, he said, he was inspired by Jake Daniels’s recent coming out.
The 17-year-old professional British soccer player announced in May that he’s gay, the first such announcement in the last 30 years.The athlete said he wants to be a role model for those LGBTQ+ people who see him competing on TV.Jervis described how rewarding it is to know that people will feel validated when they see him competing.“You know, we’re just before the Commonwealth Games, and there are going to be kids and adults watching who will know that I’m like them and that I’m proud of who I am,” he said.The Commonwealth Games happen every four years and feature athletes from former British Empire countries, such as Canada, Australia, India, and others.“Now is a good time for me because the Commonwealth Games is in a month’s time, and there’s going to be a lot of people watching that, and there’s so many countries in the Commonwealth where being gay is illegal.
And for me to be [visible] on that stage and to inspire people is what I’m here to do,” Jervis explained.He admitted that it took him a long time to come to terms with his sexuality and that it was not an easy process.“For so long, I hated who I was – and you see it all the time, people who are dying over this.
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