Gareth Thomas, what a man...

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    Feb 28, 2011 11:46 AM GMT
    There's been different threads on Gareth Thomas, a welsh star rugby player who came out in 2009. Many athletes who've come out, did so after they ended their careers, but Gareth is still playing and now he's doing a lot to fight prejudice and stereotypes. I think he's an inspiration and I found this tv programme with him. I'm not 100 % sure but I don't think it's been posted here before. He also appeared on Ellens show, and Mickey Rourke wants to make a film about his story, so he's becoming known in the US too.
    Awesome guy!



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    Feb 28, 2011 1:35 PM GMT
    Mickey Rourke not only wants to make the film, he wants to play him as well.
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    Feb 28, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    kew1 saidMickey Rourke not only wants to make the film, he wants to play him as well.

    Yeah I know, but I hope he'll reconsider, so someone who's got the right age will play the part.
    Mickey Rourke is a good actor, but to play a 35 year-old top level rugby player is just as pathetic as Stallone still playing Rocky
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    Mar 01, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    here's also the Ellen interview

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    Mar 01, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    I love this guy. He is a great role model for everyone. Can't wait to see the movie.
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    Mar 01, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    Good stuff judoguy, thanks for sharing man.
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    Mar 01, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    This guys is so cool. icon_cool.gif I can't wait for the movie too.icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 01, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    l like him so much honest and a Man Welsh that is!
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    Mar 01, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    Gareth "Alfie" Thomas is a great role model for both sportsmanship and personal development. He has confronted his personal demons and life challenges and in the process has become more comfortable with his true self. It is about life in general and his sexual self in particular. Finding a way to "keep it all together" with honesty to yourself is never easy and should never be taken for granted. Great Man!
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    Mar 01, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Ian Roberts also came out while he played. He claims it was an open secret before he came out, but he couldn't live with lying.
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    Mar 01, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    Now THAT is a Real Jock.

    Awesome.
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    Mar 01, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    I recently found out about Gareth Thomas and I think his bravery is awesome he actually inspired me to play rugby for my school so thanks for sharing judoguy, I can't wait to watch this!
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    Mar 01, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    I just watched all three videos and it is all so true and sad. Many of my straight friends say why wouldn't you hold hands or kiss in public (basically say - you deal with it) but the reality is that they never have to consider that harm or insults may come from such actions.

    Still surprised to hear things like "he's gay and just a regular guy like us" - sorry most of us are regular guys. I still want to better understand why people say "I hate all gays" like the guy at the stadium, what drives such a statement. Umm why? We don't want your women, you or care about what you do in the bedroom so why do you take one element and hate everything about a person based upon one trait.

    And the beating up of someone because their gay is repulsive and those people have real power issues and often can't figure how to control their own life or frustration so they lash out in groups to feel or gain a sense of power which they don't have. Sad but the reason why I always watch my back and surroundings.

    thanks for posting the videos
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    Mar 02, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    Nspyerf8 saidI recently found out about Gareth Thomas and I think his bravery is awesome he actually inspired me to play rugby for my school so thanks for sharing judoguy, I can't wait to watch this!


    yeah, he came out just a little more than a year ago, and now on top of an active career in pro rugby, it seems he dedicates a lot of time speaking out against homophobia and trying to help others. He's even started a charity recently.

    http://www.gareththomasfoundation.org/
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    thanks judoguy for putting up that 3 part "Tonight" video. I remember a 20/20 episode that did the very same thing with a gay couple. The results are pretty shocking.
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    Kudos to him for coming out.

    On a side note why do people always seem to trail on guys who come out in adulthood? Why don't the people who come out when they are in their teens or are ridiculed as kids get recognized and put up as role models.

    I don't wanna take away from the thread and it's purpose as a "feel good" post but I don't see what they hype is. I'd rather make a movie about some kid who is bullied for his sexuality and struggling growing up as gay kid then some adult who finally decided up to come out because in my opinion coming out as an adult is much easier then coming out as child.
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    Guy101 saidKudos to him for coming out.

    On a side note why do people always seem to trail on guys who come out in adulthood? Why don't the people who come out when they are in their teens or are ridiculed as kids get recognized and put up as role models.

    I don't wanna take away from the thread and it's purpose as a "feel good" post but I don't see what they hype is. I'd rather make a movie about some kid who is bullied for his sexuality and struggling growing up as gay kid then some adult who finally decided up to come out because in my opinion coming out as an adult is much easier then coming out as child.


    Oh definitely, kids can be brutal. But quite frankly, alot more kids come out than pro athletes.. They live in a different world than the average gay guy.