Nah, we weren’t invited to rugby star Gareth Thomas’ “Thank You For Not Hating Me For Being Gay” party, but we hear there weren’t any strippers there anyhow, so it’s okay.
As a thank you nod to friends who have been so supportive of his big public reveal, the Welsh Lions player, with a little help fro Attitude magazine, invited his teammates and inner circle — and a few famousu persons — to the
gay whatever-goes club Movida in London’s Soho last night for a gay old time.
“Everybody here tonight is celebrating that the world is changing,” he said. “We are here to send the message that it’s OK to be a sportsman and it is also OK to be gay.”
The venue was Movida, a glitzy London club with a bright pink bar and equally garish cocktails – not a very likely hangout for burly rugby players. But this was no post-match celebration, rather an opportunity to tell the world that the sport was longer a place in which gay players had to hide their sexuality. Last night, the former Welsh captain’s friends and supporters joined Britain’s gay glitterati for Thomas’s official “coming out” party – a remarkable display of solidarity that many hope will signal the beginning of the end of homophobia in sport.
Former and current rugby stars including Will Carling, Matt Dawson, Gareth Williams and Lee Byrne were present, along with the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Will Young and Graham Norton. The gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said he hoped Thomas’s decision to publicly declare his sexuality would inspire others.
Which is sort of a big deal, because it was Tatchell’s own birthday this week, and you know how he loves to own the spotlight.