Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ben Cohen, LGBT ally, quits rugby to fight homophobia and bullying full-time


From The Independent: Ben Cohen, England's World Cup winner, is quitting rugby. The 32-year-old wing has been released by Sale Sharks despite being their player of the season. Cohen has announced his retirement from the sport in order to devote his time to fighting homophobia and bullying through his foundation.

The Independent reports on the announcement from Cohen, 32, who was player of the year for the Sale Sharks this year.

“Cohen believes he could play for another two years but has turned down offers from clubs in England and France. Instead he will focus on heading up the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which tackles bullying and homophobia,” reports The Independent.

“I have reached the top in my sport,” said Cohen in a statement on his website. “It has been an incredible journey and has put me in the privileged position I am in today to be able to work on these exciting new projects through the StandUp Brand. As athletes, it is not enough just to have strong bodies. We must have strong characters and use our voices to support those who need and deserve it.”

This week, Cohen will launch his 10-day Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour of U.S. cities to include talks, training sessions, and fund-raising events.

Clearly this man is beautiful inside and out.  Go to his website to learn more about this guy.

6 comments:

  1. one beautiful man with his heart in the right place, glad to hear he's using his fortune and fame for good. Kudos.

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  2. Randy is a very handsome sexy man too

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  3. Thank you Anonymous. I don't see myself in the Ben Cohen category, but that's the nicest thing I've heard in forever. :)

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  4. Ben is Awesome, in so many ways. I'll be his (athletic) supporter forever.

    And Randy, don't sell yourself short - You're a fine man, too!

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  5. Thanks for the comment! AND the compliment. Very kind :)

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