To answer a question that's not been asked but which would be evident by my response - I think having young, popular, successful, gay role models is useful.
It's like if we imagined a time before television or access to visual media. It would be important for young black or young asian (or whatever) children to know the singer they heard on the radio was black or asian.
Doesn't impact upon their talent or their value as a performer, but to know is often useful. Particularly if you're talking about a group of people facing societal difficulties.
I agree having a role model is a good thing, but you stated you hoped he was gay as you want to have sex with him and would be disappointed if not. Either way it doesn't matter as you will never have sex with him. You are confusing 'role model' and 'fantasy'.
Infact what do you think Tom would prefer to be a role model for? His sporting achievements or who he sleeps with in his private life (whether man/woman or both)?