English Rugby superstar Ben Cohen is going on tour to tackle homophobia , kicking off with several evenings in England called "Beer with Ben".
The personal appearances in Manchester and London will raise awareness for for the Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour, during which he will team with gay and gay-friendly rugby clubs in the U.K. and U.S. to headline a variety of events to raise money and awareness to stop homophobia.
The Acceptance Tour 2011 will encourage people to stand up against homphobia, bullying and standing up for equality, tolerance, and mutual respect. Funds raised will benefit the activites of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.
Ben Cohen talked about his excitement for the upcoming tour in a statement, saying:
"I am looking forward to coming along to meet everyone. I have already met quite a few of the Village Spartan guys when I got involved with their successful bid for the Bingham Cup to be held next year. It should be a fun evening. I will be bringing along some auction items, updating everyone on the Acceptance Tour details and speaking about my rugby career. I have heard also that one of the clubs will be auctioning off their club kit as well. That's a bit different!"
Thank you SOOO much, Ben!
This means a lot for the entire LGBT community for such a successful sports star to stand up for equality and acceptance!
Check out the rugby tour when it stops by Atlanta, New York, Seattle, and Washington D.C. in May!
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