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Do Rugby Spectators’ Whistles at Gareth Thomas Count as Flirting? Or Making Fun?

SOUNDBITES — “It’s all been positive [since coming out].” But I almost wish I had a negative, because we don’t live in a perfect world and homophobia hasn’t disappeared. I don’t want to be this fairytale story, because that’s not the reality of the world, but I’m not going to make things up to make this journey I’m on seem more real. There have been a couple of wolf whistles when I’ve been warming up for the Blues, but I can take that, just like I’d expect jeers if I dropped the ball. Part of a sportsman’s job is taking banter from the crowd. And we joke about it all the time in the team. The guys see someone gorgeous reading the news and say ‘She’s really smart, what do you reckon, Alf?’ That’s not homophobia. We’re so politically correct in this society that we see it where it isn’t. … I’m dreading the day when I open a letter to find a whole lot of abuse, but up to now I’ve had nothing except support.” —Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, describing life two months after coming out (via)