26th February 2013
John Bercow wrongly outs rugby star Ben Cohen in gay gaffe 22
4:05 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons was left red-faced after accidently referring to rugby star Ben Cohen as “openly gay” – even though the former player has a wife and is straight.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson: I’m ‘appalled’ that sports stars can’t come out until after they retire 10
9:38 AM — The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, has spoken out on the importance of supporting athletes in coming out, and changing the sporting world in order to be more inclusive of LGBT people.
17th January 2013
Gareth Thomas: I previously took part in anti-gay jokes and prayed rugby could turn me straight 62
4:15 PM — Former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he once took part in homophobic jokes with teammates in a bid to hide his sexuality
7th January 2013
New Zealand TV presenter: I haven’t urged for a gay rugby player to come out 2
3:53 PM — A gay sports presenter in New Zealand has denied calling for a gay All Blacks rugby player to openly declare his sexuality.
18th December 2012
Gareth Thomas joins ITV’s Dancing on Ice 16
11:11 AM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be in the rink for the new series of Dancing on Ice.
6th December 2012
Football needs a gay ‘champion’ says rugby referee Nigel Owens 4
5:15 PM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens is backing a campaign to tackle homophobic attitudes in sport and says football would benefit from having a gay “champion” in the same way Gareth Thomas took up the mantle for rugby.
31st October 2012
UK: Gay sport stars lend support to NUS campaign 2
12:02 AM — England and Surrey cricketer Steven Davies, the sports first openly gay player, is backing the National Union of Students' (NUS) campaign to tackle homophobia in sport, along with gay rugby star Gareth Thomas.
11th October 2012
Sydney to host gay rugby cup in 2014
7:37 PM — Sydney has won its bid to host the 2014 Bingham Cup, the world's top gay rugby tournament.
8th August 2012
Comment: Always picked last – rediscovering sport as a gay adult 11
1:54 PM — Daniel Sellers writes about his experience of sport at school and talks to the members of a gay-friendly running club about how it differs from the 'individualism and hedonism' of the traditional gay scene.
20th July 2012
Gay rugby club chair joins Olympic torch relay in London this weekend
12:51 PM — The chairman of the London inclusive gay rugby club the King's Cross Steelers will carry the Olympic torch this weekend.
8th June 2012
Sydney team wins gay rugby world cup at Manchester final 8
11:41 AM — Gay Australian rugby team the Sydney Convicts have taken home the 2012 Bingham Cup, becoming gay rugby champions of the world.
31st May 2012
Manchester to host gay rugby world cup this weekend 6
12:29 PM — Manchester will play host to the Bingham Cup this weekend, where gay and inclusive rugby teams from around the world will compete for the 2012 title.
30th May 2012
Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas cover star of Attitude’s annual ‘naked issue’ 22
5:27 PM — Gay former professional rugby star Gareth Thomas will appear on the cover of this month's Attitude magazine, its annual 'naked issue', which is to focus on sexual health.
18th May 2012
Rugby Super League champions devote game to gay equality 12
9:12 AM — World Club champions Leeds Rhinos are dedicating their Stobart Super League Round 24 fixture against Widnes Vikings on Friday August 10 to celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
17th April 2012
Documentary on stroke victim who ‘woke up gay’ airs tonight 139
9:57 AM — A documentary following a rugby player who suffered a stroke and woke up gay is to air on BBC3 tonight.
4th April 2012
Welsh council hopeful apologises after comparing rugby with gay porn 45
9:22 AM — A Labour council candidate in Wales has apologised for a series of tweets that left him accused of sexism and one which jokingly compared rugby with gay porn.
1st April 2012
Schwarzenegger to replace Mickey Rourke as gay rugby player Gareth Thomas in film 40
12:01 AM — Following Mickey Rourke's decision to pull out of his role as gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in a new biopic, Arnold Schwarzenegger has emerged as his replacement to star in the film. The film charting the life of Britain’s first openly gay rugby player was dreamed up by Rourke in a London pub after he lost an arm wrestling challenge with some gay rugby players. Rourke said: “There was an article about Gareth Thomas. I met Gareth and said [to him] I wanna make your life story”.
19th March 2012
Gay sport figures among Olympics torch-bearers 14
3:26 PM — 7,300 torch-bearers were named this morning and will carry the flame for 70 days and 8,000 through the UK in July ahead of the opening of the Olympics on 27 July.
16th February 2012
Lee Steele fined £200 for Gareth Thomas tweet 15
3:44 PM — Footballer Lee Steele has been fined £200 for the comment he posted on Twitter about Gareth Thomas which led to him being sacked.
15th February 2012
Australian rules footballer: ‘Sick fascination’ with gay players 12
9:54 AM — An Australian rules football player has said society is developing a "sick fascination" with players' sexuality and the culture of the game has changed to one of "great acceptance".