Gareth Thomas suffers a Homophobic Attack
Gay Lawyers offers its support to Gareth Thomas, the former Welsh international rugby player, following the homophobic attack he suffered in his home city of Cardiff whilst celebrating Wales’ win over Tonga at the Principality Stadium. Gareth chose to deal with the matter by way of restorative justice believing that his young attacker may learn more by a face to face engagement than if he had decided to bring charges against him.
Gareth, also known by his nickname Alfie, enjoyed a glittering career in rugby winning 100 caps for his country. He is currently ranked 13th in the world as an international try scorer and is the second highest for Wales. Gareth came out in 2009 whilst still a professional rugby player.
The French rugby players have contacted Gareth to show their support saying that they will wear rainbow laces in their forthcoming game. Serge Simon, a French international rugby player, said "Dear Gareth Thomas, all of French Rugby is with you regarding the homophobic molestation you’ve been a victim of."To show our support, the French rugby players will wear a rainbow shoelace during the France v Fiji game on Saturday night. "We’re all in with you in this matter."
Gareth Thomas presented a documentary “Gareth Thomas v Homophobia: Hate in the Beautiful Game” and Giambrone, the parent arm to Gay Lawyers, collaborated with Gareth Thomas to provide the Code of Conduct to guide football clubs as to how homophobia in football should be managed. Gareth won a BAFTA for presenting the documentary.
Gareth is currently campaigning for the Football Offences Act 1991 to be amended and has teamed up with Damian Collins MP who has introduced a Private Members Bill to change the law to include homophobia. Gay Lawyers is keen to support the change in the law to make sport and football, in particular, a safer and more inclusive experience.
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