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Olympic diver Tom Daly receives his OBE at Windsor Castle

Olympian Tom Daley is joined by his husband Dustin Lance Black as he receives his OBE at Windsor Castle for services to diving and charity

Olympic diver Tom Daly received OBE – Order of the British Empire at Windsor Castle in Tuesday.

The 28-year-old poses with his husband Dustin Lance Black, 48, with the award, which was given to him for services to diving, as well as in recognition of his charity work and support for LGBTQ+ rights.

Father-of-one Tom, dressed in a black Dior suit and silver tie with patterned shoes, had a huge smile on his face as he took part in a photo shoot.

Olympian Tom Daley (left) joined by his husband Dustin Lance Black as he received his OBE at Windsor Castle for services to diving and charity on Tuesday

He first represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics aged just 14.

Tom then went on to represent Team Great Britain at London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, where he won gold alongside Matty Lee in the men’s synchronized 10m platform event.

He has consistently championed the rights of the LGBTQ+ community since coming out in 2013, and has called for countries where homosexuality is punishable by death to be banned from competing in the Olympics.

Other prominent athletes honored on the day were 2020 Paralympic wheelchair fencing champion Piers Gilliver and Olympic swimmer Callum Jarvis, who helped the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay reach the Tokyo 2020 final, where the team won the gold.

It comes after last week Tom won the Swinton Insurance Sports Personality of the Year award at the British LGBT Awards 2022 for being a force for LGBT+ activism and inclusion.

The outing comes after Tom admitted he feels there is “extra pressure” on same-sex couples to be “good parents”.

The Olympic diver, who welcomed Robbie through surrogacy, revealed that he sometimes feels judged by people when he’s out in public.

Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast, Tom explained: “Being same-sex dads, I felt a lot of extra pressure to be good parents and do the right thing.”

He continued: “You always feel a bit judged when you’re out in public because you want to show that you’re doing the best you can and I think sometimes it can be weird for people to see two fathers and a baby.

“We always felt like we had to be the best parents we could ever be and do all the right things, we desperately wanted to be parents like everyone else.

“It was that constant feeling that we had to prove ourselves above all else.”

Tom discussed the complexities of same-sex couples becoming parents, revealing his concerns that arose when he first found out he was gay.

He said: “Once I started realizing I was gay, it was like, how am I going to have children in the future? What does this look like to me? What are the options?

“I had to figure out exactly how this was going to work, looking at adoption avenues, surrogacy and all these different things.”

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Olympic diver Tom Daly receives his OBE at Windsor Castle

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