Rugby star Ben Cohen quits to fight for gay rights. (Beefcake warning)

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    May 20, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    This guy is straight and married, but he is retiring from rugby to fight for gay rights. How cool is that? He is coming to the US on his tour. He starts in Atlanta the weekend of 5/20...

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    One of the most vocal straight allies out there, just happens to be an extremely attractive British rugby star. While we only ever imagined having a drink with Ben Cohen in our dreams, it looks like our dreams may now come true. Cohen is set to kick off the Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour or "Beer with Ben" in order to raise money for an organization that is very important to us, GLSEN. The tour will take this beautiful man to New York, Atlanta, Seattle, and Washington D.C. For those in the UK, you get to see him first in London (April 7) and Manchester (April 20), click here for tickets to those.

    http://www.acceptance.ben-cohen.com/

    http://www.passportmagazine.com/blog/archives/2478-Want-to-Have-a-Beer-with-Ben-Cohen.html

  • rnch

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    May 20, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    will he be touring the country....Shirtless ?


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  • Little_Spoon

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    May 21, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    ...I want to see...



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    May 21, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    he will be raising more than awareness...lame i know, but hey im tired LOL
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    May 21, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    My god he's, he's, he's, perfect! Lucky-ass wife of his!
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    May 21, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    OUTSTANDING! An incredible display of character and compassion. Many thanks, Ben!!
  • SFGeoNinja

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    May 21, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    Fuck, I'm walking distance to where he will be speaking in Seattle! Hope I can get tickets icon_razz.gif
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    May 21, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    This guy needs our full support !! He is one hell of a good hearted guy to do this, I wish he weren't starting his tour in Georgia of all places though. LOL !!! The poor guy will get a bad taste of what the American South is like, when the far righter crowd pickets and demonstrates to show their hate for gays. Hope he can change some minds though.
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    May 21, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    I love that so many athletes are supporting us recently.
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    May 21, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    i think its because rugby is highly erotic being that im a player i know....so a player must be secure with his sexuality...this is why rugby is a real contact sport....and not like that pansy padded game you Americans call football....only real men play rugby..lol..now with that said..who wants to assist me in the scrum??

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    May 21, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    Yeah sooooo we're friends on facebook already soooo
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    May 21, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidYeah sooooo we're friends on facebook already soooo
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    Lol!
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    May 21, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    LULZ of the day ^
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    May 21, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    I literally just died. DIED.
    <-DEAD.


    HE IS A GOD!!!
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    May 21, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    Ejay311 said
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidYeah sooooo we're friends on facebook already soooo
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    Lol!



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    May 21, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    Little_Spoon said...I want to see...



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    i have to whole heartedly agree with this one wow he is hot.
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    May 21, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    I'm filing for divorce. Wow he is a wicked dream
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    May 21, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    OMG thats so 1980s. Well thats when I started, during the gay plauge era when it was not so safe to do so.; big deal really Ben, so much of the hard work has already been done.

    I was to help have "homosexuality' removed from the mental health act, in my state, and too have it decriminalised too; all way back in the 80s. But in most county's in the west nowadays, we have it so bloody easy, compared to our darkest years of the 1980's when even so many gays fleed, doing nothing to help. So with that I have to say big deal Ben, now go have a wax and a shave, and just look pretty.

    Ben support the Bisexual Flag and help our half brothers feel pride in it, as many here at RJ do not. They do not even support their very own banner; they want to be like us homosexuals; so give our half brothers the bisexuals who struggle with so much confusion a hand.
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    May 21, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    True_blue_aussie saidOMG thats so 1980s. Well thats when I started, during the gay plauge era when it was not so safe to do so.; big deal really Ben, so much of the hard work has already been done.

    I was to help have "homosexuality' removed from the mental health act, in my state, and too have it decriminalised too; all way back in the 80s. But in most county's in the west nowadays, we have it so bloody easy, compared to our darkest years of the 1980's when even so many gays fleed, doing nothing to help. So with that I have to say big deal Ben, now go have a wax and a shave.

    Ben support the Bisexual Flag and help our half brothers feel pride in it, as many here at RJ do not. They do not even support their very own banner; they want to be like us homosexuals.


    Seriously man, shut the fuck up.
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    May 21, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
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  • coolarmydude

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    May 21, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    Something tells me that he is bisexual for him to give up an athletic career for a very personal activism. He could do both at the same time and not have both interests compete against each other.

    But nevertheless, it's a very noble thing to do.
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    May 21, 2011 8:39 AM GMT
    Ben is great. So is Hudson Taylor, a straight wrestler who founded "athlete ally", an organization that is also fighting homophobia in sports.
    If you like to be updated on this kind of news you should "like" athlete ally on facebook. the page is really active and gives you all the latest LGBT news related to sports.

    here's pics of Hudson. he's got a lucky girlfriend too.

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    May 21, 2011 9:42 AM GMT
    skykey said
    coolarmydude saidSomething tells me that he is bisexual for him to give up an athletic career for a very personal activism. He could do both at the same time and not have both interests compete against each other.

    But nevertheless, it's a very noble thing to do.



    Which means his motives aren't exactly as noble as people make it out to be. Also I think that the gay community should be a weary when straights panders to the gay community. Because sometimes the stars could being doing for pr or to boost their sells.That's why I wince and question when I see straight people campaigning for gays.



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    1) I don't think he's bisexual... I agree with this statement from a blog about Hudson taylor: http://networkedblogs.com/i4RE6

    "For those of you all who want to “take it there” and label him a “closeted-gay” let me squash that right here and now. The closeted “mos” are the ones always talking shit, and not the ones fighting for the rights of those whose voice is not heard."

    2) I don't know exactly what you think Ben Cohen is trying to sell?
    and so what if it boosts his popularity... even if he was doing it for some kind of personal gain, he's still supporting gay rights. In my book that's a whole lot better than if he was picketing an abortion clinic.

    3) I think straight allies, especially someone who's in a macho sport, can easier reach some segments of the population, that a gay activist could not.
    Who do you think most of the straight sports fans are likely to notice and listen to.... Ben Cohen or some gay activist?
  • mynyun

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    May 21, 2011 10:27 AM GMT
    I don't care if Ben is gay or str8. Either way he has a great looking chest. Then again I think Judoguy has a great looking chest also. icon_cool.gif

    Congrats to Ben for having an opened mind.
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    May 21, 2011 10:39 AM GMT
    all the more reason to love him......aside from the athletic, muscular, hairy, green eyed dream that he already is. <3