29th January 2010
Gareth Thomas ‘invited closeted star’ to coming out party 31
9:27 AM — Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas hosted a coming out party last night in central London to thank friends for their support. The player and a number of high-profile gay figures partied at Movida, best known as a celebrity hang-out.
22nd January 2010
Gay rugby hero Gareth Thomas announced as LGBT History Month patron 5
1:47 PM — Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby star who came out last month, has been revealed as the new patron for LGBT History Month. He said he intended to take a "hands-on" approach to his role.
21st January 2010
Ian McKellen says sports world should be ‘ashamed’ of homophobia 2
2:32 PM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has criticised the sporting world for being "slow to catch up" with progress on gay players. He said that some were becoming "shrinking violets" due to abuse from fans.
19th January 2010
Day to raise awareness of homophobia in football to be held next month 4
6:59 PM — The Justin Campaign has announced that an international day against homophobia in football will be held in February. Organisers of the campaign, named after the only out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, hope it will raise awareness of the problem in the sport.
13th January 2010
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he’s looking for love 35
3:10 PM — Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby star who came out at the end of last year, has said he hopes to find a boyfriend. The player also suggested that the Daily Mail had been trying to combat negative publicity when it published his coming out interview.
30th December 2009
The gay highs and lows of 2009 13
7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.
24th December 2009
Gay basketball hero says clubs, not fans, are to blame for homophobia in sport 7
1:26 PM — Former NBA star John Amaechi has said it is coaches, executives and club owners who are to blame for homophobia in football. He was responding to PR advisor Max Clifford's comments earlier this week that "vicious" homophobic fans were part of the reason why so few gay sportsmen were willing to come out.
23rd December 2009
PR advisor Max Clifford repeats warnings over ‘vicious’ homophobic football fans 24
12:52 PM — PR guru Max Clifford has reiterated his advice to gay footballers to stay in the closet, saying the sport is "steeped in homophobia". He made his comments just after Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out but said he could not imagine a premiership footballer doing the same.
Rugby star Gareth Thomas’ relief at coming out 5
11:52 AM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain, has spoken of his relief at being able to come out. The 35-year-old star, who is the most-capped Welsh player, announced he was gay last weekend.
19th December 2009
Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he’s gay 87
1:03 PM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain has come out as gay in an emotional interview with the Daily Mail. He becomes one of just a handful of openly gay sportsmen.