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7) Gareth Thomas, The Only Openly Gay Man On a Professional Sports Team

When rugby player Gareth Thomas came out, he became the only openly gay man on a professional sports team.

Here, Gareth talks to Ellen DeGeneres about coming out in later life and how, ultimately, it was a positive — and even lifesaving — experience.


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9:25AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

amazing and inspiring. thank you

9:16AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Beautifully done!

Now---get the ones who need to hear this to LISTEN!

7:26PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012


8:01PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Wonderful, thank you.

3:02PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Garath Thomas, and Kayla Kearney- fantastic messages

1:38PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

"Lawrence v. Texas, (2003) is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court. In the 6-3 ruling, the Court struck down the sodomy law in Texas and, by extension, invalidated sodomy laws in thirteen other states, making same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state and territory." This was based on a Constitutional Right to Privacy. Imagine, as LATE as 2003!!! We have forgotten so fast... and have come a LONG ways in a relatively short time! {Altho WAY overdue!}
Those opposed to Marriage Equality on spurious Religious grounds, ALSO WANT TO TRY TO MAKE HOMOSEXUALITY ILLEGAL - AGAIN! This is what Paul Ryan and other Rethuglicans HAVE SAID THEY WANTED. It is in the RETHUGLICAN PLATFORM of Minnesota and some other States!!!
They LONG for the good-old-days, where in many States, one could be JAILED and FINED for engaging in Same-sex sex -- which, of course, MADE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE OUT OF THE QUESTION!
Making consensual Same-sex sex by Adults, legal, then IMPLIED THAT MARRIAGE WOULD BE LEGAL, ALSO.
The Religions do not just object to Gay Marriage; but, they would OUTLAW GAY SEX ITSELF, IF IT AGAIN BECAME WITHIN THEIR POWER TO DO SO.
This is an important thing to Remember in November. NEVER VOTE FOR GAY-BIGOT REPUKELICANS!!!

1:24PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

There is not one single argument against Gay Marriage, or Marriage Equality, that is NOT based on some silly, out-dated, SUPERSTITIOUS assumptions of some ridiculous RELIGIOUS belief. NOT ONE SINGLE ARGUMENT. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Nothing.
There is NO argument against Marriage Equality that is logical, rational, science-based, intelligent, reasonable, historical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, "natural", Humanistic, or SECULAR.
Since these anti-Gay arguments belong to only a FEW religious beliefs in the world, they ought to be IGNORED by ALL governments which are governments of ALL the people, not a religious minority attempting to impose ITS NONSENSICAL BELIEFS.
The religions are screaming "Foul!" because, Oh, do they ever miss those good-old-days when they CONTROLLED governments and could impose their ideas by FORCE, by imprisonment, torture, execution... and when they had the power to OUTLAW GAY SEX ITSELF...

7:44AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Powerful and positive message to the world.

7:01AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:41PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Brave people one and all. I came out years ago and I understand how hard this is to do. Blessings to all.

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