"I hope that by being the first rugby player to make this announcement, I can encourage youngsters to pursue their sporting careers and dreams, whatever they may be, without fear of being rejected, bullied or laughed at and to encourage equality from team mates and fans," said Gareth
"I would like to thank everyone at the Blues for the tremendous support I have received over recent weeks. I would especially like to thank Peter Thomas, Bob Norster, David Young and Gareth Edwards who have been absolutely brilliant with me."
"The fans have been superb, which means a lot to me. I've received dozens of emails and letters of support, and as much as I would like to write to everyone personally to thank them it simply isn't possible. However, I've set up a Twitter page with the support of Stonewall on twitter.com/gareththomas14 to post messages and any advice I can offer."
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