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Gareth Thomas left in floods of tears after emotional surprise from his parents

Gay former rugby player Gareth Thomas was left in floods of tears after he was surprised by his parents presenting him with an award. Thomas received an accolade for being a sporting inspiration and for breaking down stereotypes and stigma around HIV at the Mirror Pride of Sports Awards on Thursday (December 5). The Welsh former rugby star came out as gay in 2009, and in September this year revealed that he is HIV-positive.  He seemed already close to tears as he came up on stage, which prompted awards host...
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Leading English rugby referee comes out as gay: ‘You can’t ask others to love you until you’ve fully loved yourself’

English rugby referee Craig Maxwell-Keys has come out publicly as gay three years after he first told family and friends about his sexuality. Maxwell-Keys is a leading official in the Gallagher Premiership and opened up about his sexual orientation and the challenges of coming out, Wales Online reports. “You can’t ask others to love you until you’ve fully loved yourself,” the referee noted. The 29-year-old – who is from Birmingham and now lives in Gloucestershire – also spoke about the Rainbow Laces campaign which encourages sports stars to wear rainbow...
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Israel Folau, Rugby Star Canned for Homophobic Statements, Releases Unbelievable Statement After Settlement of $14M Claim

Australian rugby star Israel Folau released a statement following a settlement with Rugby Australia after he was canned over anti-LGBTQ remarks on social media including “Hell awaits Homosexuals” and similar statements. The New Zealand Herald reports: “The 30-year-old was after $14 million in compensation for wrongful termination after RA sacked him for a code of conduct breach when he said on Instagram earlier this year “hell awaits” gay people. RA was determined to hold its ground as mediation ordered by the Federal Circuit Court began this week and a marathon...
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