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Tom Daley to deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message

Tom Daley to deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message
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Team GB Olympic diver Tom Daley is to present this year's Alternative Christmas Message for Channel 4.

Tom Daley will deliver this year's Alternative Christmas Message on Channel 4, it has been revealed.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a stellar 2021, finally claiming an Olympic gold in the 10m synchro diving competition alongside his partner Matty Lee.

In his speech, Daley talks about LGBTQ+ issues in sport, mental health and how knitting has become a cathartic release for him.

"Nearly 7% of people in the UK identify as gay or bisexual... And there are around 500 Premier League players," he says. "That means statistically there are enough players for three football teams running out onto that pitch every week. At least one gay man at every single club in the Premier League, living a lie.

"So, if I had one Christmas wish it would be that next year that changes. That one impossibly brave Premier League player steps forward and says 'I am gay'.

"That person would inspire gay people everywhere, give hope to thousands of teenagers struggling with their sexuality and save the lives of countless young people who don't currently feel like they have a place in this world."

Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message airs at 5pm on Christmas Day.

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