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Breaking gay stereotypes in sport

The 35-year-old former Wales and Lions captain Gareth Thomas tells Breakfast of the reactions he has got from his family and his team mates after he revived he was gay in a national news paper interview.

In the news paper article Gareth said that if he had been openly gay in his early career, he would never have reached rugby's highest echelons. "It is the toughest, most macho of male sports, and with that comes an image, I could never have come out without first establishing myself and earning respect as a player. Rugby was my passion, my whole life, and I wasn't prepared to risk losing everything I loved. My biggest fear was that if my rugby mates knew, they'd all think I fancied them and reject me."

Now Gareth believe attitudes in sport must change so that stereotypes are broken and people can openly live their lives with out scrutiny.

To watch an in-depth interview click here.

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