16th January 2012
Lee Steele apologises for ‘tongue-in-cheek’ Gareth Thomas tweet 16
10:42 AM — Sacked footballer Lee Steele has apologised for his comment about gay rugby star Gareth Thomas in a statement issued by his new club, Nantwich Town FC, but has been charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.
9th January 2012
Oxford City player misses match after Gareth Thomas tweet 67
12:29 PM — Lee Steele holds the record for the fastest-ever goal by a Leighton Orient player, managing to score in 12 seconds while playing for the club in 2004, but waited until the following day to delete his tweet about the gay rugby star.
25th October 2011
Gareth Thomas announces he’s retiring from rugby 14
4:22 PM — Gareth Thomas has announced he is retiring from rugby with immediate effect. The Wales international said he could no longer give "100 per cent" to the sport.
4th July 2011
Ben Cohen says father’s murder spurred him to speak out on bullying 13
4:26 PM — Former England rugby union star Ben Cohen has revealed that his father's death 11 years ago spurred him to create an anti-bullying foundation. Speaking at London Pride on Saturday, where he joined the parade, Cohen said his father was killed when he stepped in to protect a man who was being beaten.
16th May 2011
Rugby star Ben Cohen quits to fight for gay rights 38
5:53 PM — England rugby union star Ben Cohen is retiring to become a gay rights activist. The player, whose last team was Sale, has set up a foundation to tackle homophobia and bullying.
28th March 2011
Gareth Thomas to attend royal wedding 30
3:21 PM — Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas will be attending the royal wedding next month. The sportsman told the Daily Telegraph that he was in London to be fitted for a suit for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.
25th March 2011
Rugby fans warned over anti-gay chants at Gareth Thomas 9
1:33 PM — Castleford Tigers fans have been warned by the club's chief executive to ensure that homophobic chants directed at gay player Gareth Thomas are not repeated.
15th March 2011
Comment: Equality minister Lynne Featherstone on the drive to tackle homophobia in sport 51
4:36 PM — As a Liberal Democrat in government, fighting for a more equal society is my driving force and I am lucky to be in a position as minister for equalities to be able to do so much. But sometimes you are reminded that simple government diktat doesn’t change much.
11th March 2011
Elton John backs Sheffield Eagles’ anti-homophobia rugby t-shirts 3
2:43 PM — Rugby team Sheffield Eagles are to wear t-shirts to oppose homophobia at a home game on Sunday. Sports fan Elton John said he was "delighted" at the initiative, while gay sportsmen Gareth Thomas and Steven Davies also gave their support.
24th February 2011
Customers of oldest gay pub in Wales lose battle to save venue 8
11:43 AM — The oldest gay pub in Wales, Cardiff's Kings Cross is to be closed and converted into a gastropub despite a campaign supported by gay rugby star Gareth Thomas to save it.
10th February 2011
Mickey Rourke to watch Gareth Thomas match 13
2:33 PM — Mickey Rourke is set to watch gay rugby star Gareth Thomas play in Wales this weekend as preparation for a film about the player's life.
1st February 2011
Tory MP says Gareth Thomas inspired him to come out 16
4:08 PM — Tory MP and deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas inspired him to announce he is gay. His sexuality was an open secret around Westminster but Mr Evans decided to come out fully in December.
7th December 2010
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas says film will ‘help millions’ 15
1:58 PM — Gareth Thomas has revealed more about the film to be made of his life. The rugby player, who came out a year ago, remains the only top level out gay sportsman in Britain today and is to be the subject of a film by Mickey Rourke.
5th November 2010
Tory MP Chris Grayling named Stonewall ‘bigot of the year’ 36
1:41 AM — Former shadow home secretary Chris Grayling was named 'Bigot of the Year' at Thursday night's Stonewall awards. Award winners included rugby player Gareth Thomas, The Times and actor John Partridge.
21st October 2010
Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas hopes to find London club 2
4:14 PM — Gareth Thomas, the out gay former Welsh rugby captain, is planning to join a London rugby union team. The star briefly switched to league team Crusaders this year and is due to play France in the Wales league squad this weekend.
20th October 2010
Analysis: Stonewall’s apology for journalist of the year award 32
5:03 PM — As the dust settles on the last week’s events, a key question is: has Stonewall, through the Bill Leckie affair, done itself irreparable damage? Or have valuable lessons been learnt, with outlook for the future rosier than before?
25th May 2010
BBC praised over documentary on homophobia in sport 7
4:30 PM — Last night's BBC documentary on homophobia in the sporting world, called Inside Sport - The Last Taboo, has been praised by the Justin Campaign.
22nd February 2010
Gareth Thomas ‘wicked’ for supporting LGBT History Month 59
11:46 AM — Rugby player Gareth Thomas has been accused of "promoting" gay sex to young children for his patron role in LGBT History Month.
12th February 2010
Top footballers ‘refused to appear in anti-homophobia film’ 21
11:43 AM — Top-ranking footballers turned down requests to appear in the FA's anti-homophobia film because they feared being ridiculed on the pitch, it has been reported.
11th February 2010
Welsh rugby star sorry for gay joke 39
5:42 PM — A Welsh rugby star and national teammate of Gareth Thomas apologised yesterday for making an off-colour gay joke on his Twitter account.