Tom Daley says being a dad-to-be has made him want to end anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth

Tom Daley has once again called out anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth and said that the upcoming birth of his son has changed his perspective on the world.

Daley made the news on April 13 when, after winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, he called out the number of countries that criminalise gay sex.

The Olympic diver, who has long been passionate about LGBT rights, took the moment to address the problematic legacy of the Commonwealth on equality.

In an interview with Nick Robinson on The Andrew Marr show, Robinson asked the 23-year-old how being a dad-to-be had inspired him to tackle anti-LGBT laws in the Commonwealth.

Robinson and Daley (Photo: BBC)

Daley said that the prospect of becoming a father had definitely changed how he thinks about the world.

He said: “You want your child to grow up having an equal opportunity as everyone else that is born, whether they’re gay, straight, male, female, whatever religion you are, whatever ethnicity you are.

“I think that everyone should have the equal opportunity to do the best you can.”

Daley continued: It changes your perspective on so many different levels. I was on the way home from Australia and there was turbulence, and normally I’m completely fine but I thought ‘I’ve got a little child to look after, I can’t die!’

“The way you think about the world changes so dramatically.”

As well as being a dad-to-be, Daley opened up about another moment that helped spur his activism — sitting with his husband Dustin Lance Black during the Commonwealth Games.

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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