French Rugby to Support Gareth Thomas over Homophobic Attack

SPORTS, SEXUALITIES, 26 Nov 2018

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service

Thomas played in France for three years with Toulouse from 2004.

Wales captain Gareth Thomas | Photo: Reuters

 20 Nov 2018 – France players will wear rainbow laces during their match against Fiji in support of Gareth Thomas, the French Rugby Federation’s vice president Serge Simon said on Tuesday, after the former Wales captain was a victim of a homophobic assault last Friday in Cardiff.

RELATED: Olivier Giroud: Impossible to Be Gay in Football

“Dear Gareth Thomas, all of French Rugby is with you regarding the homophobic molestation you’ve been victim of,” Simon tweeted. “To show our support, the French rugby players will wear a rainbow shoelace during the France – Fidji game on Saturday night. We’re all in with you in this matter.”

Thomas posted Sunday a video on social media, sporting cuts and bruises to his face, saying he had chosen to ask for an apology rather than criminal charges after being attacked in his hometown for being gay.

Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009 and retired in 2011, said he was attacked for his sexuality but he decided to opt for “restorative justice” with a 16-year-old boy involved, which meant he could address his attacker rather than press charges.

Thomas, 44, said he wanted his social media post to spread a “positive message” which comes as figures show hate crimes against the LGBT+ community are on the rise in Britain.

“Last night I was a victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality,” Thomas said in the video.

“I want to say thank you to the police, who were involved and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people that did this because I thought they could learn more that way.

“And also to the people of Cardiff who supported me and helped me because there’s a lot of people out there who want to hurt us. But, unfortunately for them, there’s a lot more who want to help us heal. So this, I hope, will be a positive message.”

A 16-year-old youth, who cannot be named, has since apologized, according to local police.

Since coming out as gay, Thomas has campaigned on gay rights issues.

Government data shows that reports of hate crimes against people on the basis of their sexuality jumped 27 percent last year, with almost 12,000 incidents lodged with the police.

The British government in October announced plans to enhance training for police handling hate crime, which includes offenses motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and trans identity.

Go to Original – telesurenglish.net

 

Share this article:


DISCLAIMER: In accordance with title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. TMS has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is TMS endorsed or sponsored by the originator. “GO TO ORIGINAL” links are provided as a convenience to our readers and allow for verification of authenticity. However, as originating pages are often updated by their originating host sites, the versions posted may not match the versions our readers view when clicking the “GO TO ORIGINAL” links. This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


There are no comments so far.

Join the discussion!

We welcome debate and dissent, but personal — ad hominem — attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), abuse and defamatory language will not be tolerated. Nor will we tolerate attempts to deliberately disrupt discussions. We aim to maintain an inviting space to focus on intelligent interactions and debates.

*

code

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.