Friday, June 17, 2011
World Cup Rugby Champion Ben Cohen Takes Anti-Bullying Message aboard Gay Rome to Venice Cruise
An England Rugby World Cup winner recently retired from the Sale Sharks, Ben Cohen could have chosen to enjoy retirement on his Northamptonshire farm with his family. However, on May 20, 2011 he launched the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, believed to be the first organization dedicated to combating bullying worldwide.
Due to recent high-profile attacks on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Cohen has chosen to focus much of the Foundation’s attention on homophobia. “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,” says Cohen. “I am passionate about standing up against homophobia. It is time we stand up for what is right and support young people who are being harmed.”