Princess Diana charity teams up with Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black to confront homophobic bullying


The Diana Award, the anti-bullying charity run in memory of the late Princess Diana, has teamed up with Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black to confront homophobic bullying.

The Diana Award runs an anti-bullying campaign in the UK and Ireland that gives young people, professionals, and parents the skills, confidence and training to tackle all forms of bullying as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

As kids across the country prepare to go back to school this week, the charity launched its #Back2School campaign, teaming up with celebrities to discuss their own experiences of bullying.

Olympic diver Tom Daley and his Oscar-winning husband Dustin Lance Black spoke about their own experiences as part of the campaign.

In the discussion, Black confessed that in school he was so afraid of coming out that he became  a homophobic bully.

The Milk screenwriter, who grew up in Texas, admitted it was “tough looking back on this stuff”.

He spoke about taking up American football, saying:  “I didn’t really know what I was doing, but you had to do it to fit in. I would get levelled in practice, flattened out, I had no idea what I was doing.”

Black added: “If I could give myself advice as a teenage Lance… at one point in school there was this really cute guy who at one point I had a crush on.

“He made a move, and I was so horrified that I would be discovered that I got a little homophobic. I said ‘what do you think you’re doing’?

“First and foremost [past self], don’t do that! You just bullied that person, and that probably took some courage, and second of all, you should have kissed him!

“I had so much terror about being outed. At the time it might have been more dangerous. Now it’s gotten safer, and if I was growing up now I’d say, come out to a friend who you feel safe with, and get rid of that shame which is really like bullying yourself.”