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Inside Sport - 24/05/2010


The admission from rugby star Gareth Thomas that he is gay, along with a number of other sports people from around the world making public their sexuality, has led some to argue that the professional sporting arena is now a place where homosexual men and women can participate and enjoy the same freedoms as everyone else. But with the world's most popular game, football, still outwardly 100% heterosexual, journalist Mark Chapman investigates whether we really are seeing the smashing of sport's last taboo. Two decades after the world's only openly gay footballer committed suicide, Mark journeys across the UK and Ireland meeting gay and straight sporting figures including Gareth Thomas, Donal Cusack and Martina Navratilova, to find out why it is so difficult for gay athletes to be open about their sexuality. And what are the consequences if they are? It's a journey that leaves Mark with some surprising conclusions as to why gay professional sportspeople still prefer to stay hidden.

Broadcasts

  • 2010-05-24 23:20:00 - 2010-05-24 23:50:00 on BBC One West, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One South East, BBC One Oxford, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One East, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One London, BBC One South, BBC One South West,
  • 2010-05-24 23:50:00 - 2010-05-25 00:20:00 on BBC One Wales, BBC One Scotland,
  • 2010-05-25 00:20:00 - 2010-05-25 00:50:00 on BBC One Northern Ireland,
  • 2010-06-24 00:20:00 - 2010-06-24 00:50:00 on BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One Oxford, BBC One South East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Scotland, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One West, BBC One South West, BBC One South, BBC One London, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East,
  • 2010-06-24 00:45:00 - 2010-06-24 01:15:00 on BBC One Northern Ireland,
  • 2010-06-24 00:50:00 - 2010-06-24 01:20:00 on BBC One Wales,

Credits

  • Presenter Mark Chapman
  • Producer Stephen Lyle
  • Interviewed Guest Martina Navratilova
  • Interviewed Guest John Amaechi
  • Interviewed Guest Gareth Thomas
  • Interviewed Guest Clarke Carlisle
  • Interviewed Guest Donal Cusack

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