Gareth Thomas, a Welsh rugby player who claimed the title of the world's first openly gay professional male athlete in 2009, has announced he's retiring.
His decision is a result of realizing he could no longer "give 100%" to the sport. He further explained his retirement in a statement, saying:
"I have listened to and discussed this decision with many of my family and close friends. My mind has told me that the time to retire is now. If you can't give 100% to rugby then you can't do it justice. This is a sad day but I know that my time has come to an end as a player. I do not know what lies ahead, but I feel the challenge of something different excites me more than another year of rugby. My passion for the amazing game will never end or leave me, however."
Retiring from what you love to do is always a tough decision to make, but we wish Gareth the best in the future! Although his sexuality shouldn't even be an issue, we will always respect his courage for coming out and not being afraid to be himself!
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We knew that Mickey Rourke would portray gay British rugby player Gareth Thomas, who came out in 2009, in a film.
But the actor is going all out for the role! Mickey went to London and is now "talking to Thomas about the courage it took to live with the secret of his sexuality, then coming out while remaining a professional player."
Wowsa! Such dedication.
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This is so great!
Olympic short track speed skater Blake Skjellerup has officially come out as gay in an interview with Australian magazine DNA. He says:
“Gays are too often given a stereotype. Back when I was 18, and becoming serious about my sport and my Olympic goals, if I could have seen an athlete like myself out there – with whom I could relate to – my journey would have been a lot easier.
“[American figure skater] Johnny Weir meets a specific stereotype, I meet a specific stereotype and [Welsh rugby player] Gareth Thomas meets another. Being gay is just like any other personality trait: it’s multifaceted.
"I can’t personally relate to Weir or Thomas, and nor will many other young gay athletes out there. But maybe some of them will see something in me to relate to. The more types we provide, the more we’ll appeal to people [who are struggling with their sexuality.”
And good for Blake!
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