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The Story of Gay Rugby Star Gareth Thomas is Coming to the Stage

A stage play about the life of gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas is in development, Wales Online reports:

ThomasA joint production between National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint, it tells the story of the former Wales rugby captain who came out as gay five years ago.

Alfie has been involved in the production, which is described as telling “a great Welsh story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.”

Full details about the show’s tour, and its cast, are to be announced in the new year.

Writer Robin Soans is known for his documentary verbatim plays based on interviews with real people, and it is being directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

The announcement said: “This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation; Gareth “Alfie” Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, once its captain, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend.”

National Theatre Wales' artistic director John McGrath said: "National Theatre Wales has always set out to tell great Welsh stories, and they don't come much greater than this. Gareth Thomas is a hero to thousands of people, and his journey from world-class rugby player to world-class gay rights campaigner is extraordinary.

An upcoming movie about Thomas stars Mickey Rourke. Over the summer Rourke told Jimmy Kimmel about a scene in which he shares a bath with another man:

“There’s a scene where I’m in the tub with another guy and I remove my teeth at the front and put them on the edge of the bath – you know, before we get it on."


Director Matthew Warchus Breaks Down A Scene From 'Pride': VIDEO

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As a part of their "anatomy of a scene" series, The New York Times has posted a new video focusing on the film Pride. The scene includes commentary from director Matthew Warchus. He details some basic plot elements, and creative choices such as the disco soundtrack — in this scene, the crew (cheekily) selected Shirley & Co.'s "Shame Shame Shame".

In a week where "Skeleton Twins" has been so dominant, it's easy to overlook gay gem "Pride." The film is based on true events; it's the story of a Welsh miner town in financial trouble that embraces the help, and later the friendship, of a gay activist group. In the NYT video, watch as the women of the town are thrilled by an activist's campy dance, and the men are, well, somewhat more hesitant.

Intrigued? Check out Nathaniel Rogers review, and the video feature, embedded AFTER THE JUMP...

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Welsh Man Doused in Gasoline, Left Blinded In One Eye Following Anti-gay Attack

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A young man in Wales was left blinded in one eye following a homophobic attack late Thursday, Wales Online reports

Tyler Maddick, 20, was walking home from downtown Swansea when someone in a car next to him called him "faggot" and threw gasoline in his face. 

“Next thing I knew I’d got this liquid in my face. I ran home but I couldn’t call anyone because my phone had died.

“I washed it out as my eye was starting to burn up.”

Maddick went to the hospital the following day and was told that he had lost all vision in his left eye. 

“To be fair I think I was more angry than anything. I’m quite a strong-minded person and it wasn’t so much that they had done it, it was the fact that they targeted me because if they can pick on me they can pick on anyone," he said.

Police are continuing to investigate the anti-gay attack. 


New Look at 'Pride' - The True Story of LGBT Support for Striking Miners in 1980s Wales: VIDEO

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A new trailer has been released for Pride - the upcoming film that tells the true story of gay activists who supported workers during the 1984 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) strike.

Big Gay Picture Show has the synopsis:

It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.  As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.‘

Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 4.49.19 PMThe film, starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, and Sophie Evans arrives in theaters September 12. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed the first trailer, you can watch it HERE

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'Pride' Tells The True Story Of LGBT Support For Striking Miners In 1980s Wales - VIDEO

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Set for release in September, culture clash comedy Pride tells the true story of lesbian and gay activists who supported workers during the 1984 National Union of Minerworkers (NUM) strike.

The activists decide to raise money to support the families affected by the strike. When the NUM decides not to accept the money, the fundraisers go straight to the miners and their families in a small Welsh village.

Screened during the directors’ fortnight section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the movie stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, and Sophie Evans.

The director's fortnight was the springboard to success for Billy Elliot.

Watch the trailer for Pride, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Isle of Man: Overseas Same-Sex Marriages To Be Recognized As Civil Partnerships

Isle of man to recognize overseas same sex marriage as civil partnerships

The Isle of Man, a British crown dependency, is to treat overseas same-sex marriages as civil partnerships. As a crown dependency - self-governing possessions of the British crown - the Isle of Man maintains full autonomy.

Although same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will be introduced in Scotland later this year, it is still illegal in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland.

According to Manx Policy and Reform Minister Chris Robertshaw, overseas same-sex marriages should be recognised only as civil partnerships.

Robertshaw added that fifty relationships from other countries - including domestic partnerships in some U.S. states and civil partnerships in Ireland and Jersey - will be treated as civil partnerships.

Representative Zac Hall raised concerns that the list included relationships which were not as formal as a civil partnership. Hall has asked for the list to be withdrawn for further examination.


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