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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football 23:01 - Aug 11 with 3359 viewsDarran


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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:17 - Aug 12 with 698 viewsswanjackal

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 12:14 - Aug 12 by Brynmill_Jack

Didn’t he get arrested in France once? I’m sure he’s been involved in shenanigans


Wouldn't surprise me. Had the unfortunate pleasure of witnessing him often being more than a little "silly"when he was in the infancy of his rugby career out in Bridgend (especially The Roof). An unpleasant individual.

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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:17 - Aug 12 with 697 viewsSirjohnalot

Really don't see what the problem is with this. He approached all Premership teams to help promote his extremely important message, Cardiff replied and he has made a short video attempting to promote diversity.

Who cares what club it is. Well done Cardiff for making a stand and well done Alfie for promoting a message so close to his heart.

If this were Alfie and Swansea doing this, would people's perceptions be different ? Don't understand the negativity
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:32 - Aug 12 with 671 viewsploppy

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:17 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

Really don't see what the problem is with this. He approached all Premership teams to help promote his extremely important message, Cardiff replied and he has made a short video attempting to promote diversity.

Who cares what club it is. Well done Cardiff for making a stand and well done Alfie for promoting a message so close to his heart.

If this were Alfie and Swansea doing this, would people's perceptions be different ? Don't understand the negativity


I guess the negativity comes from
1. His career is now based on him being gay.
2. If he wasn't gay, no TV channel in their right mind would pay him to do anything. Have you heard him speak?
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:34 - Aug 12 with 660 viewsNeath_Jack

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:32 - Aug 12 by ploppy

I guess the negativity comes from
1. His career is now based on him being gay.
2. If he wasn't gay, no TV channel in their right mind would pay him to do anything. Have you heard him speak?


1. But he is.
2. But he is and they do. Surely the main point is what he is trying to do? So he's getting paid for it, and?

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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:57 - Aug 12 with 637 viewsSirjohnalot

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:32 - Aug 12 by ploppy

I guess the negativity comes from
1. His career is now based on him being gay.
2. If he wasn't gay, no TV channel in their right mind would pay him to do anything. Have you heard him speak?


1. Of course it is, but who better to appeal to kids who are gay who are still bullied for being 'poofs' and who use to term in a derogatory sense than a hard as nails, British Lion ?
2. I have heard him speak, but who cares ? Are you saying it is better for someone, such as I, a straight barrister who may sound far more articulate on TV trying to get the gay message out there, when I've never lived it or have no idea what it's like, just because I sound better ? No. No one is going to relate to that.

The fact that he was born in the Valleys and had all the negative experiences, some of which are echoed on here, is exactly why he's the best person to do what he is doing. I don't know if you've read his book, but it may explain why he is so passionate about this
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 14:25 - Aug 12 with 618 viewsbluey_the_blue

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:57 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

1. Of course it is, but who better to appeal to kids who are gay who are still bullied for being 'poofs' and who use to term in a derogatory sense than a hard as nails, British Lion ?
2. I have heard him speak, but who cares ? Are you saying it is better for someone, such as I, a straight barrister who may sound far more articulate on TV trying to get the gay message out there, when I've never lived it or have no idea what it's like, just because I sound better ? No. No one is going to relate to that.

The fact that he was born in the Valleys and had all the negative experiences, some of which are echoed on here, is exactly why he's the best person to do what he is doing. I don't know if you've read his book, but it may explain why he is so passionate about this


I've not bothered reading his book, no interest in fiction to boost his bank balance.

I saw the "tortured soul not knowing how to come out to fellow players" extracts and realised it was bs; his sexuality was well known in rugby circles early on.... people were accepting.

Truth doesn't generate ads much publicity or money though.

So if he's prepared to lie for personal profit, who really gives a fvck what he has to say on, well, anything?
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 14:31 - Aug 12 with 613 viewsBarrySwan

Gareth Thomas! Gay?

When did this happen?

I never heard anything about it. Has he issued a statement or anything?
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 14:38 - Aug 12 with 589 viewslondonlisa2001

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:57 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

1. Of course it is, but who better to appeal to kids who are gay who are still bullied for being 'poofs' and who use to term in a derogatory sense than a hard as nails, British Lion ?
2. I have heard him speak, but who cares ? Are you saying it is better for someone, such as I, a straight barrister who may sound far more articulate on TV trying to get the gay message out there, when I've never lived it or have no idea what it's like, just because I sound better ? No. No one is going to relate to that.

The fact that he was born in the Valleys and had all the negative experiences, some of which are echoed on here, is exactly why he's the best person to do what he is doing. I don't know if you've read his book, but it may explain why he is so passionate about this


Obviously you’re correct. And I’d also add that his career is now spent talking about diversity issues to large firms. So the accusation that he is talking about being gay to ‘make money’ is about as valid as saying the Pope talks about being God to ‘make money’, or a disabled campaigner talking about being disabled ‘to make money’.

Every single time he does anything, exactly the same people on here criticise him. Because they ‘don’t like ‘gay’ being shoved down their throat’. Or they ‘don’t like Gareth Thomas’, or because ‘he keeps on saying he’s gay’. Many of the same people do exactly the same about Nigel Owens.

If only they could find a gay person acceptable to them...but nothing to do with homophobia you understand.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 15:04 - Aug 12 with 568 viewsJacket

He basically came to the end of his rugby career and thought what am I going to do now. What skills do I have apart from Rugby? Well I'm quite good at being gay, let's come out the closet and become a professional gay person. He's now more famous for being gay than playing rugby. I actually didn't know who he was before he became a professional gay and started appearing on the reality TV programmes the wife watches. So he basically now wants professional sportsmen to come out as gay even though he didn't come out until after his career. All the while he hopes no one more famous, and more able to string a few coherent sentences together, than him comes out the closet as he'll no longer be the only famous gay in the village.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 15:26 - Aug 12 with 544 viewsSirjohnalot

Why does he need to do this ?

Have a look at the majority of comments on here for the answer.

I wonder why footballers won't come out.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 15:35 - Aug 12 with 526 viewspencoedjack

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:57 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

1. Of course it is, but who better to appeal to kids who are gay who are still bullied for being 'poofs' and who use to term in a derogatory sense than a hard as nails, British Lion ?
2. I have heard him speak, but who cares ? Are you saying it is better for someone, such as I, a straight barrister who may sound far more articulate on TV trying to get the gay message out there, when I've never lived it or have no idea what it's like, just because I sound better ? No. No one is going to relate to that.

The fact that he was born in the Valleys and had all the negative experiences, some of which are echoed on here, is exactly why he's the best person to do what he is doing. I don't know if you've read his book, but it may explain why he is so passionate about this


Bridgend isn't in the Valleys.

As someone said earlier a real cock of a bloke when he was playing for Bridgend.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 15:40 - Aug 12 with 517 viewsSirjohnalot

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 15:35 - Aug 12 by pencoedjack

Bridgend isn't in the Valleys.

As someone said earlier a real cock of a bloke when he was playing for Bridgend.


He may have been, but that has no relation to the good that he is doing now
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 16:26 - Aug 12 with 472 viewshobo

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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 16:59 - Aug 12 with 440 viewsbluey_the_blue

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 15:26 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

Why does he need to do this ?

Have a look at the majority of comments on here for the answer.

I wonder why footballers won't come out.


It depends.

Are you saying someone who lied about his experiences for profit should be lauded as a role model?

His laughable claims are frankly insulting to all those who do struggle with their sexuality and informing others.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 17:11 - Aug 12 with 424 viewsMrSwerve

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 13:17 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

Really don't see what the problem is with this. He approached all Premership teams to help promote his extremely important message, Cardiff replied and he has made a short video attempting to promote diversity.

Who cares what club it is. Well done Cardiff for making a stand and well done Alfie for promoting a message so close to his heart.

If this were Alfie and Swansea doing this, would people's perceptions be different ? Don't understand the negativity


Quite depressing that I had to get this far into the thread for a sensible reply.

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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:16 - Aug 12 with 362 viewsSirjohnalot

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 16:59 - Aug 12 by bluey_the_blue

It depends.

Are you saying someone who lied about his experiences for profit should be lauded as a role model?

His laughable claims are frankly insulting to all those who do struggle with their sexuality and informing others.


Professional advice.
Be careful saying such things on a public forum

Edit....you know what ? Sod it. Do what you want.
[Post edited 12 Aug 18:21]
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:21 - Aug 12 with 353 viewsbluey_the_blue

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:16 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

Professional advice.
Be careful saying such things on a public forum

Edit....you know what ? Sod it. Do what you want.
[Post edited 12 Aug 18:21]


Eh, not really.

Players and staff at Bridgend knew his sexuality. He wasn't a tortured soul as claimed.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:25 - Aug 12 with 343 viewsploppy

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 14:38 - Aug 12 by londonlisa2001

Obviously you’re correct. And I’d also add that his career is now spent talking about diversity issues to large firms. So the accusation that he is talking about being gay to ‘make money’ is about as valid as saying the Pope talks about being God to ‘make money’, or a disabled campaigner talking about being disabled ‘to make money’.

Every single time he does anything, exactly the same people on here criticise him. Because they ‘don’t like ‘gay’ being shoved down their throat’. Or they ‘don’t like Gareth Thomas’, or because ‘he keeps on saying he’s gay’. Many of the same people do exactly the same about Nigel Owens.

If only they could find a gay person acceptable to them...but nothing to do with homophobia you understand.


Thing is, to use your examples, I really like Nigel Owens and I really dislike Gareth Thomas. And I really disliked GT before he came out, partly because of the stories I'd heard about him socially (admittedly anecdotal) and partly because to me he always came across as arrogant and thick. Just my personal opinion, obviously.

How he's carved out a career for himself on TV is beyond me.

BTW, I'm not gay but my boyfriend is.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:25 - Aug 12 with 342 viewsSirjohnalot

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:21 - Aug 12 by bluey_the_blue

Eh, not really.

Players and staff at Bridgend knew his sexuality. He wasn't a tortured soul as claimed.


Ok, despite not reading his, you still claim him to be a fraud ?

Not sure we’re going to agree here, so I hope you have a lovely evening. Take care
[Post edited 12 Aug 18:25]
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:36 - Aug 12 with 322 viewsBrynmill_Jack

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 14:38 - Aug 12 by londonlisa2001

Obviously you’re correct. And I’d also add that his career is now spent talking about diversity issues to large firms. So the accusation that he is talking about being gay to ‘make money’ is about as valid as saying the Pope talks about being God to ‘make money’, or a disabled campaigner talking about being disabled ‘to make money’.

Every single time he does anything, exactly the same people on here criticise him. Because they ‘don’t like ‘gay’ being shoved down their throat’. Or they ‘don’t like Gareth Thomas’, or because ‘he keeps on saying he’s gay’. Many of the same people do exactly the same about Nigel Owens.

If only they could find a gay person acceptable to them...but nothing to do with homophobia you understand.


Nigel Owens is a dignified man who came out (as he did) and a top class referee. I really like and admire the man.

Gareth Thomas - pig sh*t thick, loud mouthed bully , narcissistic, attention seeking c*nt.

There, hope this helps.

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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:39 - Aug 12 with 314 viewsbluey_the_blue

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:25 - Aug 12 by Sirjohnalot

Ok, despite not reading his, you still claim him to be a fraud ?

Not sure we’re going to agree here, so I hope you have a lovely evening. Take care
[Post edited 12 Aug 18:25]


Yup.

Went to uni with someone with relatives on Bridgend's committee. Was told of his sexuality a long, long time before he came out. Also told a lot of other stories too.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:40 - Aug 12 with 308 viewsJackfath

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:36 - Aug 12 by Brynmill_Jack

Nigel Owens is a dignified man who came out (as he did) and a top class referee. I really like and admire the man.

Gareth Thomas - pig sh*t thick, loud mouthed bully , narcissistic, attention seeking c*nt.

There, hope this helps.


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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:41 - Aug 12 with 307 viewsjackportis

JP would like to congratulate Gareth for reminding everyone he is gay. Jp was made aware years back. Jp also enquires on how his ex wife is after her previous and perhaps current humiliating experience being married to him.

Jackportis the brand. “A gifted poster”, “planet swans have a real talent on their hands in the name of Jackportis” sky sports 2018. . JP fully supports posters of LBG, mx orientation and ethnic minority groups.

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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:42 - Aug 12 with 302 viewsBrynmill_Jack

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:25 - Aug 12 by ploppy

Thing is, to use your examples, I really like Nigel Owens and I really dislike Gareth Thomas. And I really disliked GT before he came out, partly because of the stories I'd heard about him socially (admittedly anecdotal) and partly because to me he always came across as arrogant and thick. Just my personal opinion, obviously.

How he's carved out a career for himself on TV is beyond me.

BTW, I'm not gay but my boyfriend is.


He fits the BBC Wales LGBT mould perfectly. Perhaps they feel they owe him after Eddie Butler squeezed the treacherous little weasel so tightly on air for what he did to Mike Ruddock that he had an alleged stroke.
Hope Ruddock taped it.

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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:47 - Aug 12 with 285 viewsFlashberryjack

Gareth Thomas v Homophobia in Premiership football on 18:25 - Aug 12 by ploppy

Thing is, to use your examples, I really like Nigel Owens and I really dislike Gareth Thomas. And I really disliked GT before he came out, partly because of the stories I'd heard about him socially (admittedly anecdotal) and partly because to me he always came across as arrogant and thick. Just my personal opinion, obviously.

How he's carved out a career for himself on TV is beyond me.

BTW, I'm not gay but my boyfriend is.


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If an untalented complete waste of space like Gemma Collins can have a career in TV, then any usless tw*t can.

Gareth is using his sexual preferences to make money, he won't be the first and won't be the last to do so, men and women have been doing it for years.
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