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Ben Cohen Retires From Rugby, Will Head Anti-Bullying Group

Back in March, Ben Cohen told me that he was waiting to make a decision on his post-Sale Sharks rugby team life. He's now decided on his next movie. Cohen has just announced that he will retire from rugby and chair the world’s first anti-bullying organization, a group he founded called StandUp Foundation.

From his official site:

Cohen’s role as an advocate for equality and the rights of the individual has been developing over the past few years through his work with the gay community both in the UK and the USA. He is the first straight sports star to dedicate his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of LGBT people.
He is currently travelling to the USA on his Acceptance Tour visiting 4 cities to promote his message, raise funds to assist existing LGBT organisations and to gather support from everyone encouraging them to stand up with him against bullying and homophobia and to stand up for love and equality.

"To be honest, I would never have imagined my career was going to  move in this direction after my professional rugby career, but here we are – it’s happening. It is incredibly exciting and we have so many plans in the pipeline to be able to make a difference. In my view, rugby is a very inclusive sport. Everyone can get involved in one way or another, so I will be using it as a vehicle to drive my message of acceptance out to people from  all walks of life, everywhere. There is a lot of work to be done. Attitudes need to change. Young people should not be bullied into taking their own lives. That is what is happening and it needs to stop."

In case you didn't see it the first time, watch the anti-bullying message he recorded alongside Andy Cohen, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Bravo to him...

    Posted by: Sean | May 15, 2011 11:07:43 AM

  2. Excellent... the tide is finally starting to turn...

    Posted by: Mike | May 15, 2011 11:14:40 AM

  3. Happy Birthday Andy.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 15, 2011 11:40:36 AM

  4. Can you say HERO?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | May 15, 2011 12:06:27 PM

  5. He is my Number One Hero. The world needs more Ben Cohens.

    Posted by: Adam | May 15, 2011 12:27:36 PM

  6. I am REALLY trying to love Ben for his generosity and activism but OMFG he's so adorable ...

    Sorry. I'll try again later.

    Posted by: sparks | May 15, 2011 1:46:22 PM

  7. I love this man!!! HOT. Smart. And compassionate. His wife is the luckiest woman in the world!!

    Posted by: peterparker | May 15, 2011 1:50:57 PM

  8. A hero, brave, and hot. He's an inspiration to the world. It's too bad he doesn't get more press. His presence and words is something all teenagers of the world. Not to mention selfless which is a message people also could use a little more of.

    Posted by: Redebbm | May 15, 2011 5:37:58 PM

  9. oh crap. swoon.

    Posted by: tinhouston | May 15, 2011 7:12:12 PM

  10. What a mensch!

    Posted by: Smartypants | May 15, 2011 10:31:02 PM

  11. gorgeous in and out. But he needs a new stylist. Slim fit would work for a start. Those awful baggy t shirts...i mean the man has the best arms and shoulders....

    Posted by: Paul | May 16, 2011 9:48:26 AM

  12. Got to love the straight allies...

    Posted by: Gabe R L | May 16, 2011 12:41:32 PM

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