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.
11th March 2011
Gay icon and rugby star Ben Cohen to head new LGBT support foundation 44
11:37 AM — England rugby union star and gay icon Ben Cohen is planning to head a new foundation that supports gay charities and organisations.
5th January 2011
Video: Gareth Thomas tells Ellen he ‘prayed to be straight’ 27
10:01 AM — Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he prayed to become straight before he married his wife. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last night and told the lesbian presenter the lengths he went to in order to avoid his homosexuality.
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.
12th February 2010
Elton John and rugby chief support homophobia video – but footballers stay silent 24
6:49 PM — Elton John, the chief of the Rugby Football Union and the gay Irish hurler Donal Óg Cusack have all given their support to the FA's anti-homophobia video but not a single footballer has come forward to condemn anti-gay abuse.
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.
4th February 2010
Gay referee Nigel Owens to discuss coming out 7
6:37 PM — Nigel Owens, the Welsh referee who came out in 2007, is to discuss his decision in a television documentary. He will appear in a S4C documentary tomorrow to reveal how he mustered the courage to come out.
29th January 2010
Gareth Thomas ‘invited closeted star’ to coming out party 30
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.
23rd December 2009
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.