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Watch Gay Rugby Star Gareth Thomas React to the 'Coming Out' Scene in New Play About His Life and Career - VIDEO

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A new play about the life of out Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas opened yesterday at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales, reports the BBC.

Produced by the National Theatre Wales, Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage tells the story of the former team captain who won 100 caps for Wales before coming out as gay.

From the National Theatre Wales website:

Play“I was doing something nobody had done before, and if you’re the first to do something, you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it.”

On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to "out" him as gay.

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.

Working with Alfie himself, and young people in Bridgend, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies - National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint - have teamed up to tell a great Welsh story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

Thomas told the BBC that the play is “an honest and emotional portrayal.”

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage runs at the Sherman Theatre until March 7th before touring in Aberystwyth, Bethesda, Aberdare and Bridgend.

Watch Thomas sit through a scene in which he tells his wife he is gay, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Welsh Ukip Candidate Quits After Branding Gay People 'Fascist Perverts' and 'Paedophiles': VIDEO

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Donald Grewar, a Welsh Ukip parliamentary candidate who openly supported a British National Party (BNP) statement that gay people are “fascist perverts” and “paedohphiles,” has resigned from the party.

_80543003_donaldgrewarGrewar is also alleged to have supported a post by the English Defence League which called for "no surrender to militant Islam or political correctness."

According to the South Wales Argus, Grewar announced his decision in a letter to Ukip:

“I am sad to have to be writing this letter, but I have come to the conclusion that, following the revelation of some comments that I posted on the Internet a while ago that I have to reconsider my position as the PPC for Newport East.

“I recognise fully that those comments, and the implications of those comments puts me in breach of the party rules. I had forgotten that I had posted them, but I had.”

“As such I am tendering my resignation as PPC forthwith. I am truly sorry that my foolishness has caused you, the party and me embarrassment. I wish you, the party and what we all stand for all the best in the elections. It is time for a change in British and Welsh politics and I am sure with commitment and hard work that change will come.”

A party spokesman confirmed Grewar’s resignation has been accepted.

Watch Ukip leader Nigel Farage attempt to justify his opposition to same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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