Rugby star Gareth Thomas talks growing up as a closeted gay man, the first time he had sex and how he came to accept himself

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, Attitude is interviewing some of its heroes for a landmark podcast series.In episode nine, editor-in-chief Matt Cain chats to former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas. He discusses growing up gay in rural Wales, his long struggle to accept his attraction to men, and the pressure he experienced when he publicly came out as gay. He also reveals new details about his first sexual experiences and his early adventures on the gay scene.You may think you’ve heard Gareth’s story before but he’s never spoken about it so intimately. Don’t miss our most explosive podcast yet!Attitude Heroes is produced by Wisebuddah and sponsored by the GREAT Britain campaign, which welcomes the world to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK, and also Jaguar. For more product information please visit

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