LGBT History Month proudly announced its latest patron today – rugby star Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas.
Thomas’s 100 caps for Wales will go down in history, but he rocked the establishment in December 09, when he became the first international rugby union player to come out as a gay man. He currently plays for the Cardiff Blues.
He is very open about his own experience of homophobia and is determined to do all he can to change things for the next generation.
“I feel honoured to have been asked to be the Patron of LGBT History Month. I don’t want to just make this a token role however; I intend to be hands on within my role, not only to make a difference to others, but to also grow myself.”LGBT History Month will be focusing on Sport in 2011 and 2012, and Thomas is keen to play an active part in raising the visibility of LGBT people in sport.
Co-chair Tony Fenwick was delighted to welcome the new patron:
“Gareth Thomas is a legend in the world of rugby. For someone of his stature to come out will be of enormous benefit to young players.
“I deeply admire his honesty and his genuine commitment to kick homophobia into touch. We’re already talking about an exciting project!
“We’re honoured to have him on board as a patron. He’s already showing himself to be a respected role model and we look forward to working with such a wonderful ambassador.”