Proud: My Autobiography
|Narrated By:||Matthew Gravelle|
|Date:||02 October 2014|
Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself.This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something that might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. The only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living was on the pitch, playing the sport he loved. But all his success didn't make the strain of hiding who he really was go away. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge.
The deceit ended when Gareth became the world's most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective. Gareth's inspiring and moving story transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider, and facing up to who you really are.
Gareth Thomas (actor) (1945–2016), Welsh actor
Gareth Thomas (Welsh politician) (born 1954), former Member of Parliament for the Clwyd West constituency
Gareth Thomas (English politician) (born 1967), Member of Parliament for Harrow West
Gareth Thomas (rugby) (born 1974), Welsh former rugby union, and rugby league footballer
Gareth Thomas (rugby union born 1993), Welsh rugby union footballer for the Ospreys
Gareth Thomas (musician), New Zealand musician, member of Goodshirt