Tag Archive | Wales

IGR Congratulates Rugby Community for Uniting Against Discrimination and Hate-Crime

IGR Congratulates Rugby Community for Uniting Against Discrimination and Hate-Crime

International Gay Rugby (IGR) the umbrella organisation for the world’s gay and inclusive rugby clubs, with 76 member clubs around the world, has applauded all unions, its member clubs, and World Rugby, for standing together and standing united, against discrimination and hate-crime. This comes after a week-long campaign by IGR, to urge all national teams […]

Statement: International Gay Rugby denounce homophobic attack on rugby star Gareth Thomas

Statement: International Gay Rugby denounce homophobic attack on rugby star Gareth Thomas

International Gay Rugby (IGR) stands shoulder to shoulder with Gareth Thomas in condemning the homophobic attacks that he was subject to on Saturday evening in Cardiff, following Wales’ 74 – 24 win over Tonga. The IGR community offers their full support and a speedy recovery to Gareth who first came out as being gay in […]

Gay British former rugby star opts for apology after homophobic attack

Gay British former rugby star opts for apology after homophobic attack

A gay British former international rugby star said on Sunday he had chosen to ask for an apology rather than criminal charges after being attacked for being gay, in a bid to send out a “positive message”. Gareth Thomas, former Wales rugby captain, posted a video on social media, sporting cuts and bruises to his face, […]

Cardiff’s LGBT Iris Prize Festival 12-16 Oct 2016

Cardiff’s LGBT Iris Prize Festival 12-16 Oct 2016

Identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for the second year, Iris Prize Festival are also delighted this year to have been promoted by BAFTA to ‘A’ list festival status, alongside Cannes and Sundance, by officially being recognised as a qualifying festival for the BAFTA awards. […]

UK: Rugby Football Union Investigates Homophobic Abuse of Gay Referee

UK: Rugby Football Union Investigates Homophobic Abuse of Gay Referee

The Rugby Football Union is currently investigating the alleged homophobic and racial abuse of openly-gay Welsh referee, Nigel Owens, during a recent game between England and New Zealand. Owens, 43, is the first openly-gay man to referee at the highest level in international rugby. Owens took charge of the test match at Twickenham on 8th […]

Wales: Man Blinded in Homophobic Petrol Attack

Wales: Man Blinded in Homophobic Petrol Attack

A 20-year-old gay man has been left blinded in one eye after he was attacked by a group of men in south Wales. Tyler Maddick, a 20-year-old photographer, was walking home in the Penylan area of Swansea when a car pulled up alongside him and he was verbally abused by up to four men. “The […]

Gareth Thomas Came Close to Suicide Struggling With Being Gay

Gareth Thomas Came Close to Suicide Struggling With Being Gay

“It is difficult for people to realise what is on the mind of someone who wants to die. For me, I had so much pride, but so much hatred for what I was”. This is what Gareth Thomas, former Wales rugby captain, had to say when speaking about wanting to commit suicide, having struggled with […]