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Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas became one of the first known active gay athletes when he publicly acknowledged his sexuality in 2009.
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He became a spokesman for gay causes, including ChildLine, a call center for children troubled by their sexuality.
After retiring, Thomas remained in the media spotlight by appearing on the reality television shows Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing On Ice. The unique story of his career also drew the attention of Hollywood, with veteran actor Mickey Rourke signing up to portray the Welsh rugby great in a biopic.
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