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December 15, 2013 | by Compete Network
So long for 2013–I leave you with Tom Daley

Well, the big day has finally arrived–it’s the 14th of December which means this is my final posting on the Compete website for 2013. We’ll be taking a break and the new and improved website will debut in January of 2014. That means I’ve been tring hard to decide how to exit in the most appropriate way. Should I have shared the British Naked Rowing Team and their fight against homophobia and the flming of their calendar? Should I have taken the opportunity to do a final bashing of Lance Armstrong? Should I hijack the site and tell everyone to buy my books (by clicking here  or here)?

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Should I let our readers know I’m partnering with Brent Hartinger, a successful gay author whose best selling Geography Clubabout gay youth is being released as a major motion picture in the fall? We’re involved in “The Real Story Safe Sex Project” where we take a gay character from our novels and feature them in new tales to encourage gay and bisexual youth to practice safe sex in real life. We’re also asking other artists and authors to do the same and we’ll be offering the resulting anthology as a free resource to HIV agencies, schools, and programs.

I could  close the way I began (cough-cough) years ago and fill up the site with a lot of professional jocks in underwear ads.

But I decided to end the year on a happy note and celebrate UK’s Olympian Tom Daley who recently came out as being in a loving relationship with another man–Academy Award winner, Dustin Lance Black. Queerty suggests there has been plenty of evidence Mr. Daley enjoys the company of men. You can see the original source here. Hats off to a young and successful athlete who is now serving as a role model for LGBT kids (and adults) across the world with the message you can be “not-straight” and a world class sports star–and that as Dan Savage says– It Gets Better.  I wish you all the happiest and most joyful of holidays and I hope to see you in 2014!

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By now you may have heard that Tom Daley’s not only not straight — as previously thought and suggested — but that he’s also dating Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. You’ve come a long way, baby. Well, perhaps not quite that long since Daley’s public journey of self-discovery led to a fair amount of speculation. In other words, we all kinda knew/hoped/prayed young Tom Daley played for our team. Even if he is a switch hitter.

Here are 20 reasons we knew Tom Daley liked boys.

tumblr_lz7yp8MQMM1qa9vqgo4_25021. He liked to drop it like it’s hot with the kids.

tumblr_m830iv08Yx1qf2kx2o1_500_large2. He was never afraid to let you have it.

tumblr_m8k1xmVnzq1qg105ao1_5003. He knew how to quickly undress in a pinch.

tom-daley-beached4. This.

tom-daley-leg-up-gay-fans5. And this.

Tom-Daley-Peter-Waterfield6. He’s comfortable getting horizontal with another dude.

hair-did7. His side-eye is VICIOUS.

questionable8. He’s no stranger to questionable hair choices, both on his head and his face.

Tom Daley9. He knew how to coordinate with his surroundings.

shade10. Shade.

tumblr_mk13hf6ibE1qb6fdlo1_500_large11. He’s got playing coy down to a science.

rainbow12. He loved a good rainbow and/or Diana Ross moment.

squidwardsquidward-213. He and Squidward apparently had something going on.

tumblr_mvewlmGFtp1sm0t70o1_50014. Just don’t tell Spongebob.

checkout15. He had a good eye for talent.

chippendale16. He’s always had a distinctive style.

tom-daley-doll17. He liked to play with dolls.

tom-daley-kilt18. He’s comfortable wearing a skirt.

tom-daley-119. Once a flirt, always a flirt.

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