Gareth Thomas is gay - so what?
Well done, Gareth Thomas.
In the seventies a posh meal was prawn cocktail, steak and chips with a chopped tomato, Black Forest gateau, and Matheus Rose wine.
In Scotland, pubs shut at ten, and drinking and driving was something people tried to get away with.
Back then there were miners' strikes, glam rock was in its pomp, and all I wanted for Christmas was a Raleigh Chopper bike.
And back then homosexuality was misunderstood by most of the population, believing that some men and women had made the wrong choice, that it was a threat to the rest of us. Or had to be hidden away.
Nowadays the beauty of the world lies in its diversity.
The British population is changing in its make-up of races - a wonderful thing as we are all immigrants anyway - and our choice of food and wine is spectacular.
And our attitudes to homosexuality have changed too.
According to that font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, rates of homosexuality in the population are somewhere between two and 13 percent.
So, tell me now, who was shocked that there were homosexuals involved in rugby? Come on, hand on heart, who was shocked?
And does it matter?
I assume, and maybe I am wrong, that rugby's population is representative of the UK's wider population, although, and again I know I am getting into tricky ground, but bear with me - I also understand that some homosexual men might be put off by the backlash they may perceive coming their way from some of the blokes in a macho sport.
And there will be some nutters who would not want homosexuals in their sport.
But I coach rugby, and have done for years since I stopped playing, and I can't think of one person I played with who would be blatantly homophobic - and I hope that the game would welcome everyone who is at peace with it.
The reaction at my club on hearing the news was "so?".
Years ago, as Gareth says, the corporate world might have reeled from backing homosexual sportsmen, but I doubt it would come into the equation now.
The slightly strange thing for me in all of this is that we do have teams who celebrate the fact that they are "gay" rugby teams when the sign of a fully accepting and integrated sport is that players would play in rugby teams only defined by their ability.
I fully understand people who want to play only with people who are like them in their chosen theme, but I would want rugby players to mix, and mix completely if they could.
But to get back to Gareth Thomas, I want to thank him for perhaps changing rugby's image.
Whether we like it or not, much of the world views rugby as a boorish, macho, song-singing, blinkered, posh man's game. Which it is not.
Perhaps Gareth's greatest achievement is in nudging rugby to become a more inclusive, modern, tolerant, and compassionate game for everyone.
Which is what it should be.