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British Rugby Star Ben Cohen Says Sport Ready for Gay Player

Rugby player Ben Cohen gave a short interview to Outsports and says he doubts there would be opposition in the sport to a gay player:

Cohen_ben_4"My impression is that it would be fine to be able to ‘come out’ in rugby. Most rugby players are cool about it and think that people should be allowed to live their lives how they want to, but I can’t speak for everyone. The key thing is the individual needs to be able to take the pressure of top-level rugby and the knowledge that his teammates know he is gay. I don’t know for sure, but my feelings are that if he were completely open about it, after the first bit of banter, things would calm down. We all take banter all the time about different things. It’s a bloke thing, isn’t it? Would there be opposition? This is the 21st century. Or would [the question] be where would the most interest come from? The media I would suggest. The players and fans would be more interested in his standard of playing I would suggest....One of my aunties is a lesbian and lives with a female partner. We are all laid back about it because it has always been the same. I grew up in an open-minded environment because my Dad worked in the nightclub industry, so it has never been much of a shock to meet up with a gay guy. I am more interested in the personality of the person than what their sexuality is, and whether we can have a good conversation. I like a good chat."

Cohen also admits to being "gobsmacked" at knocking David Beckham off the top of a list of 'gay icons' in the Sunday Times.

Previously
British Rugby Stud Ben Cohen Planning a Gay Night in London [tr]
Ben Cohen Strips Down for Men's Health [tr]
Ben Cohen Gives Good Face [tr]

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  1. Always a gentleman and a total doll. "Aunties" -- adorable!!!
    Ben Cohen should win that "gay allies" award, he's phenomenal.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 11, 2008 5:01:45 PM


  2. He just gets sexier and sexier!

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 11, 2008 5:01:59 PM


  3. sigh

    Posted by: dattexas | Feb 11, 2008 5:55:44 PM


  4. what a cool lad, we need more friends like him.

    Posted by: Rafael | Feb 11, 2008 5:58:22 PM


  5. He's purty all the way to the bone!

    Posted by: ZEKE | Feb 11, 2008 10:19:32 PM


  6. Top totty.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Feb 11, 2008 11:12:28 PM


  7. Rafael, I couldn't have said it better. And what a bone he must have! That man is a dream!

    Posted by: dave | Feb 12, 2008 12:08:23 AM


  8. Rafael, I couldn't have said it better. And what a bone he must have! That man is a dream!

    Posted by: dave | Feb 12, 2008 12:09:43 AM


  9. Ben Cohen is my new hero, what a sweetie. This only shows why it`s important for gays and straights to get along, more harmony to the world.

    Posted by: Chrissie Chang | Feb 12, 2008 4:24:20 AM


  10. Ben is sooo dreamy... and fuzzy! I'd take him over plucked Becks any day.

    Posted by: Bearotic.com | Feb 12, 2008 11:42:46 AM


  11. Can't decide if he's purdier inside or out. What a combo package.

    Posted by: rudy | Feb 12, 2008 12:41:26 PM


  12. I'd give him a right good chat, that's for sure.

    Posted by: me | Feb 13, 2008 2:35:35 PM


  13. It would be nice to believe that, and hopefully it will prove to be so... too bad Ben isn't though!

    I actually spoke briefly with a closeted rugby player (who wasn't from the UK) a few years ago. Very nice (and hot) man... the one benefit of being a Yank is I didn't pose a threat to out him! Shame we lost touch, though...

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 20, 2008 8:15:22 PM


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