Gareth Thomas, pro rugby player, comes out as gay.

  • rower_guy

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    Dec 19, 2009 8:33 AM GMT

    Wales and Lions full-back Gareth Thomas reveals he is gay
    The most capped male Welsh rugby international of all time, Gareth Thomas, has admitted to being gay.


    By Graham Clutton
    Published: 11:53PM GMT 18 Dec 2009
    Wales and Lions full-back Gareth Thomas admits he is gay
    Eager to avoid stereotypes Gareth Thomas 'does want to be known as a gay rugby player' Photo: PA

    Thomas, who currently plays for Cardiff Blues, has chosen to come out after a number of years during which rumours over his sexuality have been rife within the game.

    It's understood that he will be the first openly gay professional rugby player still playing the game.

    Thomas, a former Wales captain, told his wife he was gay in the summer 2006 and has admitted that his marriage started to fall apart before problems came to a head in November 2006 following a Wales international match in Cardiff when he broke down in tears in the changing room at the Millennium Stadium.

    Thomas opened his heart to the Wales coach Scott Johnson who then confided in Thomas' fellow senior Wales internationals Stephen Jones and Martyn Williams.

    Thomas told the Daily Mail: "I was like a ticking bomb. I thought I could suppress it, keep it locked away in some dark corner of myself but I couldn't. It was who I was and I just couldn't ignore it any more.

    "I'd been through every emotion under the sun trying to deal with this. It's been really tough for me hiding who I really am, but I don't want it to be like that for the next young person who wants to play rugby."

    Johnson and Williams patted him on the back and said: "We don't care, why didn't you tell us before?"

    He then told team-mates at Cardiff Blues, who have all supported him during his time at the Arms Park and now the Cardiff City Stadium.

    It had come as a major surprise to all in Welsh rugby when Thomas' chose not to come out in his autobiography Alfie.

    Thomas, capped 100 times by Wales, has enjoyed a colourful playing career which began with at his home-town club of Bridgend, took him to Cardiff and then back to the Brewery Field with the Celtic Warriors.

    When the region disbanded, Thomas moved across the Channel to Toulouse and finally moved back to the Welsh capital where he is currently playing for the Blues.
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    Dec 19, 2009 8:49 AM GMT
    Well done to him for doing something that must have been extremely difficult. Even better to hear that he's had the support he deserves. Well done mate - you've just made it a lot easier for countless numbers of guys out there to do the same.
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    Dec 19, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    I'm sorry but I don't get it, we shouldn't make a big deal about sexuality, because sexuality should not be a big deal, and thats all this is doing, making a big deal over nothing.

    I really don't care if he is straight, bi or a homosexual. What diffrence does it make?
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    Dec 19, 2009 12:53 PM GMT
    Pattison saidI'm sorry but I don't get it, we shouldn't make a big deal about sexuality, because sexuality should not be a big deal, and thats all this is doing, making a big deal over nothing.

    I really don't care if he is straight, bi or a homosexual. What diffrence does it make?


    Pattison, I do agree that his sexuality has nothing to do with his professional career and should not be emphasized, but truth of matter is that this society choose to make it a big deal. You yourself can choose to care less, which I feel the same in that perspective, but reality of it is the majority of the population are interested in the sexuality of a person of high-profile. Celebrity gossip is constantly feeding to this as you see in tabloid and I doubt that it will cease anytime soon. It's just a matter of ugly truth we have to deal with.

    On a side note, because of old traditions his coming out later in his career is a safe route because at least then if the worse do happen (such as not being warmly accepted), he can at least say he have done it, and can do it. Likewise, he could have faced bashing or bullying from teammates, stereotypes to live with and may have not had the opportunity he would have had as an out man. You can relate this to the military, is it not true that there are still a lot of disgression there? I do commend his bravery, because coming out in the eye of the media, while going through divorce, takes a lot of courage. His successful career and able character help balance out what negative remarks people throw at him. I think he's doing a great favor for a lot of guys out there, myself included.
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    Dec 19, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    I hope he lives through the season...icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    OK I heard this story somewhere else and immediatley googled him: HOTTIE!!!!!!icon_biggrin.gif
    Except -- he apparantly has no teeth. Like, seriousely his top front teeth are not there at all. He looks freakish.
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    Anyways, I agree the story is significant becaue he came out during instead of after his career. And also because it's rugby, not polo, so yeah, he's pretty much gonna get his ass kicked more than ever. but good for him, icon_cool.gif
    if got his teeth fixed and i was single and he lived in new y...never mind.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    evilgemini saidOK I heard this story somewhere else and immediatley googled him: HOTTIE!!!!!!icon_biggrin.gif
    Except -- he apparantly has no teeth. Like, seriousely his top front teeth are not there at all. He looks freakish.
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    no teeth- hmmmmmmmm wouldn't that mean that he's able to give amazing blow jobs, then?icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    blackguyicon_lol.gif i guess thats what his teammates will say -- good job getting the jokes started!
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    gareth-he-likes-it-doesnt-he1.jpg

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    I like him.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/rugby-lion-hopes-to-make-a-difference-with-gay-announcement-1845507.html
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
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    what the fuck

    yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    its pretty cool that a tough rugby guy came out. People like that will slowly change the stereotype
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    Yeah, he is hot. icon_smile.gif Even with the teeth problem. And yes, great that he did it while still playing! Maybe a pro football player here in the US will come out next.

    ...Okay, I don't really believe that either, but it'd be cool, wouldn't it? icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
    Teeth can be fixed .. he's got all the makings of a a good queer .. icon_twisted.gif
    gareth_thomas.jpg hah! don't take any shit there big guy.
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    Dec 19, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    I think for all those other closeted athletes out there who fear coming out or are ashamed of who they are might find strength and support in what he has done. They might find courage in themselves that they have never known.

    Scotty

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    Dec 19, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    Pattison saidI'm sorry but I don't get it, we shouldn't make a big deal about sexuality, because sexuality should not be a big deal, and thats all this is doing, making a big deal over nothing.

    I really don't care if he is straight, bi or a homosexual. What diffrence does it make?


    He is important because he breaks the mold.

    I don't know about you, but I'm told, quite often, that I'm the first non-stereotypical gay guy they meet. While there is nothing wrong with being gay and acting however, if they can stereotype us, they have an easier time not treating us as equal citizens.
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    Dec 20, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    One was to read in today's paper that Gareth has said: " I am a man. I just happen to be gay. it's irrelevant."

    Matey, I 110% agree with you, and thats the way I see it too, and the way it should be! But sadly there are homosexuals, gays if you like who are going to try to use this for their own self advancement; as sad as that is......
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    Dec 20, 2009 2:58 PM GMT
    I agree Scally. A cock down your throat or up your ass is the very definition of masculinity. Ask any straight guy.
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    Dec 20, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    All the rugby players will have their backs to the walls...icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 20, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    Scally, all that aside, I've always wanted to ask you what the fuck is wrong with your shoulders in the picture. Are they both dislocated or what?
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    Dec 20, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    Scally said
    This is what happens when you let guys who are Gay Gay on site that geared to sport health and bodybuilding , they let out all their bitterness and hissssss the whole time at any normal topics


    Pahahahahaahah! Don't flatter yourself, there, Rambo. I'm merely looking for ways to avoid whatever syndrome you've developed.
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    Dec 20, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    Lots of rugby players are gay, have you ever watched a game? Those rugby scrums are just an excuse for them to touch each other inappropriately. And as for what goes on in those communal showers...

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    Dec 20, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    You must be gay gay.
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    Dec 20, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    Is it a kind of spina bifida?
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    Dec 20, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    Gay Gay guys and cyber guys, when you are playing sport you are focused on performing your best and concentrate on the game and the task at hand, alternative little purvey kicks do not come into the equation and attitudes like that, that keeps the weak willed guys away from playing the real games with real men and its best they continue to have their thoughts and dress up and live in the cyber world.

    Eh? !
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1237035/British-Lions-rugby-legend-Gareth-Thomas-Its-ended-marriage-nearly-driven-suicide-Now-time-tell-world-truth--Im-gay.html

    He's hot and I'm glad he embraced what he was and didn't go the suicide route. Positive sports role model!!! Way to go Gareth!!!