Another Diver Comes Out – Ian Matos
Inspired by British diver Tom Daley, a Brazilian diver Ian Matos came out as gay. He said that he made the decision to speak up due to the increasing pressure he felt from hiding.
“From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality,” said Matos, who originally hails from Pennsylvania, but relocated to Brazil to pursue his diving career, according to translations provided by Outsports.
Matos, who was the Brazilian 3-meter champion last year, also revealed that friends advised him to remain in the closet until after the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. But Matos said the pressure of hiding boyfriends, avoiding gay parties and not being himself proved too much. He also acknowledged that he was inspired to be open about his identity after British Olympic diver Tom Daley announced he was dating a man.
Matos said he hoped that coming out would not impact his ability to be a successful diver and not cost him any potential sponsorship.