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  1. Matt26 says

    Very good interview. I hope many people will watch this. He has been through difficult times. He was absolutely right to tell first to his wife and parents. His parents truly showed their love, a good example for many families.
    I think he is handsome. More here than in the field, perhaps because here he shows his feelings and thoughts.

  2. scar2 says

    I love Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. I thought that was one of the best movie performances in the last 10 years & it was a shame it came out the same year Sean Penn did Milk. Having said that, I think he’s too old to play Gareth. Jason Statham or somebody unknown would be more appropriate.

  3. sugarrhill says

    The only reason why a movie about Gareth Thomas is even being made is because of Mickey Roarke’s involvement. There is no market for a coming out story of a Gay man in a sport hardly anyone knows about. Sure there are other age appropriate actors out there that would better fit the role, but those actors won’t bring in investors or distribution.

  4. Cory says

    Since Andy obviously deleted my comment, I’ll try again without saying the word ‘bitchy’ like Sean rightfully did above my post.

    The two comments about his sex life are often the reason hyper masculine guys don’t come out, period. They do not want to be associate with the most visible portion, and what they perceive to be the entirety, of the openly gay community; the gossipy, mean girls that behave like 12 year old tweens who are actually grown men.

    Andy, this is not trolling. It’s an honest criticism that many in the gay community share so please don’t silence it just because you disagree.

  5. says

    He’s OK. Not unattractive, certainly. I don’t see the reasons for hyperventilating. If he were a waiter and not an athlete, he’d not be cause for such swooning. Also, this quote makes me crazy: “”I don’t want to be known as a gay rugby player. I am a rugby player, first and foremost I am a man.” Yes, because gay men are not men. We all went through this stage, but canonizing a jock in his gay emotional infancy seems premature.

  6. Rovex says

    sugarrhill Rugby isnt a sport ‘hardly anyone knows about’. Maybe its not big in the US, but that is only 5% of the world believe it or not. The rest of the world might know about it..

  7. Danny says

    @Jeff: I think you’re a little severe and maybe a little bit patronizing and intolerant of your gay brother Gareth. I appreciate the subtext of what you’re saying, which, I think, is that some of that verbage is an artifact of HIDING.

    On the other hand, it’s worth saying that it will be great when the time comes that a man’s intimate life doesn’t figure into how he’s valued as a person (except to his partner) and as an athlete. We’re not at a place where sportscasters can refer to a gay athlete’s boyfriend (and children) in the same way they have been able to refer to another athlete’s girlfriend or wife – and children. Gareth would like it to be a non-issue. So would I–so that if the subject comes up no particular notice need be taken.

    All of this is the result of the long history of gay men’s being de-masculinized by straight men–being degraded for loving to be loved by another man–yes, for being penetrated. This is the almost unfathomably deep construct our culture has lived, time out of mind. The gods of gay political correctness could be a little more cognizant–and tolerant–of how complicated and even devastating becoming free of it can be.

  8. Octavio Zuaznabar says

    Great! I admire the gay. He’s very handsome in a special and very sensitive way. I think that in fact Jason Statham would be the perfect guy to play this role.
    C’mon Jason do it and I’m sure you’ll be formidable.

  9. says

    Um. Borut, you have been to Provincetown or New York, have you not? Besides, the waiter comment wasn’t about his build. It was about fame, fortune and the ability of some gay men to turn into audience members at a boy-band concert just because someone can throw/pass a ball.

  10. Swine says

    Ya gotta give the dude a lotta credit. This is unchartered gay territory. Has anyone else come out while still in the midst of their career (in sports)? Even Miss Ricky didn’t have the guts to come out until 15 years after the peak of his career. Mickey is a great actor but he’s nearly 20 years older than Gareth — way too old to play him.

  11. Swine says

    Ya gotta give the dude a lotta credit. This is unchartered gay territory. Has anyone else come out while still in the midst of their career (in sports)? Even Miss Ricky didn’t have the guts to come out until 15 years after the peak of his career. Mickey is a great actor but he’s nearly 20 years older than Gareth — way too old to play him.

  12. Rowan says

    @ Jeff

    Each to his own! I’d still think he is fit even if he wasn’t famous!

    Sugarhill, I’m britsh and I’m sure not only all Europeans but also Australians, South Africans, The Japanese, South Americans and even some African countries who ALL play rugby, will think you’re a nut case.

    Go on. Make a film about some American football player or some Baseball player….or even golf player…or swimmer….lets see how many people will want to see it!

    God, you Aamericans really think you are the centre of the world. Sheez.

  13. Jai says

    @Rowan – AMEN! Rugby is the 3rd most watched sport in the world, so a movie about a rugby player, and one as well known as Gareth may bomb in the US… But it will definitely do well everywhere else.

    I still wouldn’t say no to him either… 😉

  14. Danny says

    wow. he’s–in a word–adorable. wonderfully sweet, kind face, and it goes without saying, ruggedly handsome. But he sounds like a man full of heart.

    I wouldn’t kind getting knocked around by him for an evening.

  15. says

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    Cold tea, hamster not to come back. Porcine small sound even more embarrassed, and waved his
    Gucci, said: “Today is too late, sleep sleep, tomorrow I will look at reading.”
    And then quickly find a piece of seaweed lying on top off the pack, soon fell asleep. I sink into another sleep.

  16. Rob says

    Uber hot man. Ellen is awesome for making this part of the national dialogue.

    We need to know who these other gay athletes are and insist on showering with them. We have our rights!

  17. Rowan says

    Alan, go take your meds and put down the pipe.

    He is STILL playing. Full stop. End of discussion.

    Also when Martina came out years after tennis-much easier sport to be a lesbian-what exactly did she do towards the gay community again?

    Now Alan, take your pearls and go google all the stuff Gareth has been doing whilst still a player.

  18. jamal49 says

    If he could handle the accent, I vote for Channing Tatum.

    Beyond that, Gareth is an incredibly brave man, with a gentle sweetness and sincerity that is awe-inspiring. This has made my day. It’s these little acts of courage that are changing the world, one step at at time. I hope many young people will see this, especially those who are gay or lesbian. May this man and his graciousness ease the path for those who struggle for self-acceptance.

  19. Lead says

    Thank you CORY for stating what should be so obvious – let’s support one another and stop the oft juvenile snarky comments. This is the first comments response that I’ve read in over a year as the general tone of the responses on here got so downright depressing due to their content. I read this one as Gareth is a personal hero of mine and many of us here in the UK. A lovely chap and a true role model.

  20. says

    @Cory
    “The two comments about his sex life are often the reason hyper masculine guys don’t come out, period.”

    If that’s “often” the reason supposed masculine guys don’t come out, then that’s the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard and most the most ridiculous excuse for not coming out.

    They can stay in.

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