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Ben Cohen, Gareth Thomas Talk Gay Rugby as Bingham Cup Heads to Manchester, UK: AUDIO


The Bingham Cup, the gay-inclusive tournament which numbers over a thousand players, is heading to Manchester, UK on June 1, and anti-bullying rugby icon Ben Cohen says he is looking forward to it:

"We'll be celebrating with a sport I love, which is rugby. Rugby is very diverse anyway; it takes all shapes and sizes to play. It's a sport that's played by all and it's very good to see that it's really big in the gay community."

Cohen is spearheading a new campaign to tackle homophobia in rugby, Pink Paper reports:

Supported by World Cup-winning former England player Ben Cohen, gay dating website Gaydar and a number of the Aviva Premiership clubs, the “Let’s Kick Homophobia Into Touch” campaign calls for players and supporters to eradicate homophobia in the sport...The public can pledge their support for the campaign via Twitter by using the hashtag  #kickintotouch.

Gay rugby icon Gareth Thomas (he posted the unrelated photo on his Twitter feed this morning), who championed bringing the tourney to Manchester, spoke out in an interview with Project Publicity:

Below, the interview with Thomas about the importance of gay rugby teams, and coming out in sport:

Gareth Thomas: Tom Hardy Will Not Be Playing Me

Hardy_thomasGay rugby star Gareth Thomas denies reports in UK's Sun tabloid that Tom Hardy is under consideration to replace Mickey Rourke in the biopic about his life.

Says Thomas to the Press Association:

"Any notion that Mickey is giving up on the role are way off the mark. We'd love Tom Hardy to be involved, but he will not be playing me. I teamed up with Mickey because in my opinion there's nobody better to take on such a challenging role and nothing has changed there. He's so motivated by the role it's blown me away. I'm an ex-rugby player, films are Mickey's world and I totally trust in his vision for the film."

Tom Hardy in Talks to Play Gay Rugby Icon Gareth Thomas After Mickey Rourke Drops Out


Mickey Rourke has pulled out of a starring role in a movie he's developing about gay Welsh rugby icon Gareth Thomas because he says he's too old for the training, The Sun reports. Rourke is 59.

RourkeSaid Rourke: "The physical thing is harder than I thought. I'm just trying to get fit enough to do it."

So now they're considering other actors:

Gareth said: "I was talking to Mickey yesterday and basically we're now talking to other big-name actors who could play the part instead. We had talked about using computer-generated special effects with Mickey but we don't think that will be as realistic, so it's time to find someone new."

He revealed Batman star Tom Hardy (above left) is now in talks for the part that will feature Gareth's personal struggle when he came out as gay in 2009.

Gareth Thomas Buys Beer and Lemonade Company


Former professional rugby star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Gareth Thomas is entering the alcoholic beverage business. He's bought, with his business partner Sean Smith, a company that manufactures alcoholic drinks, Wales Online reports, in a deal thought to be worth around £7m:

They now plan to bring its headquarters to Thomas’ hometown, Bridgend, creating dozens of jobs. Turbo’s flagship brand is Turbo Shandy – a 4% bottled drink made from mixing alcoholic lemonade and lager. The plan is to make the beer for the shandy drink on site in Wales, as well as bringing out other beverages – including an energy drink for the younger market. Entrepreneur Mr Smith, 41, is providing the bulk of the finance for the deal. He and former British Lions captain Thomas – nicknamed Alfie – joined forces to establish London-based Sean Smith & Associates late last year."

News: Mike Tidmus, New Jersey, Brad Pitt, iPhone, Tony Perkins

RoadNJ Governor Chris Christie won't say what he'll do with a marriage equality bill: "When forced to make a decision, if forced to make a decision on it, I’ll make a decision."

TidmusRoadSan Diego-based blogger and activist Mike Tidmus dies: “My name is Lindsay Tidmus, Mike’s brother. It is with a heavy heart that I inform his Facebook friends of Mike’s passing. He left us this morning after a battle with cancer.” (photo rex wockner)

RoadVIDEO: Brad Pitt stuck in a stoner laugh hole.

RoadSacked footballer Lee Steele apologizes for homophobic tweet about Gareth Thomas: "[The remarks] were made tongue in cheek at the time and Lee would like to apologise for this and any offence that this has caused and would also like to stress that he is not homophobic in any way."

RoadHuffington Post Twitter account hacked briefly on Sunday: "In a rapid-fire series of tweets containing grandiloquent soliloquies like 'hello gay boys' and 'lol wes is a gay boy,' a hacker who claimed the nom de hack 'cloverfdch' locked the feed down tight, amusing and puzzling HuffPo’s 1.5 million or so followers for several minutes until he was locked out again and HuffPo resumed tweeting links to its posts as if nothing had happened."

RoadBack door: Lindsay Lohan crashes pre-Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont.

RouthRoadIt's a bird, it's a plane, it's a shirtless Brandon Routh in the Broken Arrows trailer.

RoadGay priest may sue Church of England for discrimination: "It is thought John's case could hinge on a damning memorandum written by a former dean of Southwark Cathedral, which lays bare the divisions over sexuality at the very top of the church. In the leaked memo, the late Very Rev Colin Slee described how both the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the archbishop of York, John Sentamu 'behaved very badly' at a meeting to choose the bishop of Southwark in 2010, and 'were intent on wrecking both Jeffrey John and [another candidate] Nick Holtam equally'."

RoadMSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell apparently forgot about the segment he did last November ripping apart hate group leader Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council. Media Matters: "On Wednesday, the MSNBC host invited Perkins for a more than ten-minute segment to discuss the GOP presidential primary and conservatives’ reservations about supporting Mitt Romney, treating the FRC leader like any other legitimate political commentator"

RoadMale model fix: Joan Mirangels.

PittRoadBrad Pitt and his golden mane on the cover of W.

RoadThis iPhone texting/camera concept seems like a pretty good idea.

RoadBritish Columbia man comes forward with new information about gay bashing that left him a quadraplegic: "Copeman says he was attacked because of his sexual orientation. 'I was just testing the water at the time and being flirtatious with a group of guys,' he said. 'But I misread them.'"

RoadMitt Romney crows about endorsement from Kris Kobach: "Kobach is the Kansas Secretary of State and a far-right conservative who was the architect of SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law. Additionally, Kobach’s church, the Christ Church, Anglican of Overland Park, has questionable ties to the dangerous anti-gay movement in Africa."

RoadShirley Maclaine on Elizabeth Taylor: "What I loved most about Elizabeth was her bawdy humor. She was down to earth. And her capacity for friendship was extraordinary. It was a comfort that I could call her to talk about whatever. And I could always go over and get a hell of a meal. Oh, to watch her eat! This woman loved soul food. And she'd top off any meal with a sundae. She'd pile stuff on a sundae that I didn't even know existed!"

Footballer Lee Steele Fired for Anti-Gay Tweet About Gareth Thomas


On Tuesday I reported on Oxford City footballer Lee Steele's homophobic tweet directed at rugby player Gareth Thomas, who is now a cast member on the UK's Celebrity Big Brother.

SteeleTweeted Steele: “I wouldn’t fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlockeda**ehole”.

Steele has now been sacked by his team, which released this statement:

The Oxford City board have decided to release Lee Steele in view of his recent comment via social media which is considered seriously contrary to the ethos of the club.

The BBC reports:

Oxford City manager Mike Ford said: "On this occasion Lee's had to pay for his error of judgement."

Mr Ford said calling the player to tell him he was sacked had been the toughest thing he had ever done in football but he felt that the Southern-Premier League club had made the right decision.

He added: "He's made a homophobic comment, that doesn't necessarily mean he's homophobic."

The former England rugby union international Ben Cohen has set up a foundation to combat homophobia and bullying. Speaking to BBC Oxford earlier this week, he said: "If you are a sportsman you're a role model and people look up to you no matter what division you're in." But he stopped short of calling for Mr Steele to be sacked, saying it should have been a lesson learnt.


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