The former England rugby union international player admits he was surprised by his "gay icon" status as he gears up to mark the death of his father with new anti-bullying campaign. For despite being straight, the former sportstar has become an international gay icon - helping thousands of homosexuals and transgender people break boundaries both on and off the sports field. It was like Boxing Day at Primark! The briefs are very tasteful by the way - nothing too garish. But admittedly they do also come in bright blue and bright pink. The charity funds a range of projects around Britain focused on kicking bullying into touch.
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Not only did the tournament throw a spotlight on how different the women's game is from the men's, it highlighted how different the teams are as well. Across the whole tournament, there were at least 41 female players or coaches who are openly gay or bisexual. Similarly in the Premier League, there is not one single player who is openly gay or bisexual. At least five members of the Lionesses are gay or bisexual, compared with none of England's male players. In a society where gay marriages can take place, and same-sex couples enjoy the same legal privileges as their heterosexual counterparts, the make-up of both football teams is at odds with British society as a whole. According to the Office for National Statistics, in , around two per cent of the population identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
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Gareth Thomas CBE born 25 July ,  nicknamed "Alfie", is a Welsh former professional rugby player, who represented Wales in both rugby union and rugby league. With test match appearances he was the most capped Welsh rugby union player until he was overtaken by Stephen Jones in September He is currently ranked 14th among international try scorers , and is the second highest Wales try scorer behind Shane Williams. He also won four rugby league caps for Wales , scoring three tries. In he changed rugby football codes from rugby union to rugby league when he transferred from Cardiff Blues the Crusaders in the Super League , and for Wales.