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Out his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edgeThe deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man His gesture has strengthened strangers and given him a fresh perspective Gareth’s inspiring and moving story transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider and facing up to who you really ar. Anybody who knows me will know that I do not often read sports biographies Gareth Thomas s autobiography is moving and heartfelt well written and appealing both to rugby fans and those interested in coming out stories that have affected the way the world perceives gay men There are dark times right from the word go and reading Gareth s story it is no wonder that so many professional sports people find it so difficult to make that decision to let the world know about their true selvesI saw a programme about 18 months before reading his book where Gareth Thomas discussed his life his career and coming out and he struck me as a man who was still not entirely comfortable in his skin Reading this book made me happy to think that his journey has improved and that hopefully his future will get even better This is a great book for any young person gay or straight who wants to know the kind of pressures a professional sports career can put on you and also that being honest and upfront about your feelings is in the long run the best way to go

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Proud author Gareth Thomas

WINNER British Sports Book Awards SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award Gareth Thomas had it all He was a national hero a sporting icon He was a leader of men captain of Wales and the British Lions To him rugby was an expression of cultural identity a sacred code It was no mere ball game It gave him everything except the freedom to be himselfThis is the story o. A truly superb book incredibly well written and truly inspiringI was always a fan of Gareth Thomas even though he played for the wrong team not a euphemism a true giant among rugby men When he came out as gay when he was still in the rugby environment my estimation of him increased even I read this in three sittings and I have never been so moved inspired or engaged by a sports autobiography possibly any book in fact as much as I have by this oneFive stars no problem and a book that I will re read or at least dip into again for sure

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F a man with a secret that was slowly killing him Something that might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife family friends and teammates The only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living was on the pitch playing the sport he loved But all his success didn’t make the strain of hiding who he really was go away His fear that telling the truth ab. There s an easy joke to be made here that it s surprising that every professional rugby player hasn t come out than that one has Your average lock forward spends most of a game with his hands or head between another man s legs or buried under a pile of muddied man meat while we re told about a tour early in Gareth Thomas s club career on which players rubbed hot sauce into each other s genitals and arse cracks as some kind of initiation Meanwhile Lawrence Dallaglio is banging on the Wales dressing room door after England had beaten them in the Six Nations screaming that they d been dicked And so on and so forthBut this is of course far too serious and personal a story for a joke like that It would also be unfair on the rugby community which has been near universally and generously supportive of Thomas since he came out with the single exception of the crowd at one early game at Castleford This is also a significant story At the time of coming out Thomas was the only openly gay professional athlete in a team sport anywhere in the world He didn t come out in order to become a role model he was at such a desperately low ebb that he came out in order to save his own life but there s no doubt that his actions have changed the lives of others One of the chapters in the book is devoted to a selection of the stories that hundreds of people of all ages from all around the world have written to share with him But this also strikes me as the contradiction this is both the most incredible story and the most ordinary Heartbreakingly Thomas s wife had three miscarriages and inevitably he convinced himself that that was some kind of divine punishment for his double life He tells us that he s convinced that if he had had children that he would never have come out But just like being gay is only one of the things that defines who you are so is being a parent so I m not so sure And presumably this isn t the first time in history that mismatched sexuality has interrupted a marriage His status and profile as an athlete obviously made this all visible but this is just what happens in livesThis is a brilliant sports biography brilliantly ghost written It clearly has that redemptive narrative arc that s so compelling and like all the best sport books it uses sport to say something much important about life and society It s also got plenty to interest the keen rugby fan on leadership in the dressing room for example and Woodward s disastrous Lion s tour It s just a shame that we re not yet at that point where man comes out is no story at all

10 thoughts on “Proud author Gareth Thomas

  1. says:

    This is Gareth Thomas and this is Gareth Thomas has been said of rugby If there is no blood on the line it is not rugby league Gareth Thomas was 6'3 of fiercely competitive muscle and sinew utterly confident in his

  2. says:

    A very personal book highlights the preasure

  3. says:

    A truly superb book incredibly well written and truly inspiringI was always a fan of Gareth Thomas even though he played for the wrong team not a euphemism a true giant among rugby men When he came out as gay when he was still in the

  4. says:

    This is probably one of the most honest autobiographies I've read He seems to give so much of himself in the telling of it and I find myself coming away with a lot of respect for the man I particularly enjoyed the chapter which shared the stories and letters of people who reached out to him after he came out publicly He speaks a lot of the support and encouragement provided by his teammates in rugby and sections like the letter on

  5. says:

    There’s an easy joke to be made here that it’s surprising that every professional rugby player hasn’t come out than

  6. says:

    There are many very good sporting biographies and those I have read recently such as Victoria Pendleton's and brian Moore's demonstrate that behind excellence in a world that reuires a commitment beyond the understanding of the reader and often hidden demons In Gareth Thomas's story the first chapter sees him debating whet

  7. says:

    This is one of the best autobiographies I have read It is beautifully written by Thomas and Michael Calvin in an easy to read straight

  8. says:

    A brilliant book for all older boys young men to read and reread to gain confidence in being who they want to be Also a fascinating insight into the worlds of rugby union and league A heartbreaking heartwarming story of family too

  9. says:

    Anybody who knows me will know that I do not often read sports biographies Gareth Thomas's autobiography is moving and heartfelt well

  10. says:

    I had his expectations for this book as I have always felt so proud of Gareth Thomas when he made the decision to come out and because I knew our lives were similar The uality of writing was good but apparently it was co written There were elements I could relate to being a fellow Welshman and some parts such as Gareth's letter to his adolescent self moved me However I found the book too heavily focussed on the rugby side of Gareth's lif