Gareth Thomas

Britain’s LGBT History Month has announced that recently-out rugby star Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas is its newest patron.

While Thomas’s 100 caps for Wales will go down in history, he most recently rocked the establishment in December 2009, when he became the first international rugby union player to come out as a gay man. He currently plays for the Cardiff Blues.

LGBT History Month will be focusing on sport in 2011 and 2012 and Thomas said that he is keen to play an active part in raising the visibility of LGBT people in sport.

“I feel honoured to have been asked to be the Patron of LGBT History Month. I don’t want to just make this a token role however; I intend to be hands on within my role, not only to make a difference to others, but to also grow myself,” said Thomas.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February in the UK and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

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