What would you say to a young LGB person who wants to come out, but is perhaps too scared to?
The big thing with this is that it’s pointless coming out unless you are going to be happy. If you are happy hiding your sexuality and happy living within the boundaries, then that’s for you to decide.
The life and freedom it’s given me is something I have only ever dreamed of. Since I came out, it’s made me such a better and happier person - that’s because I have had people around me like my family and friends. I understand though, that everybody’s circumstances are different. For me it’s been the most amazing thing I have ever done. People shouldn’t have to live a lie.
To be happy sometimes though, people have to do that. The reality is it’s not the same for everyone. We don’t live in a dream world, we live in the real world.
I hope my experiences of coming out will show a positive message, and that other people in a similar position and feelings like mine will think, “he did it and is respected - Gareth who plays rugby in this macho world and, is very much a man’s man - then maybe i could do it.”
I just feel having come out now it's up to me to be a positive role model for kids and adults who are maybe in the same situation as I was.
I will certainly do my damndest to do that and be that positive role model to help those who maybe are struggling to deal with their sexuality.
Gareth announced publicly that he was gay in December 2009.
Thomas' public confirmation of his sexuality makes him the first openly gay professional still playing the game to come out. his decision to come out is all the more amazing given the macho world that Rugby is perceived to be. Thomas' Rugby Union career has been one of success and more success.
His club career includes a Welsh Premier Division title in 2003, and a Heineken Cup victory in 2005. Internationally, he has enjoyed huge success with Wales and has also been capped with the British Lions.
Thomas was voted top of the Pink List in 2010 of the 101 most influential gay people in the UK and he received Stonewall's Hero of the Year award in October 2010.