Rugby’s Ben Cohen launches magazine to battle bullying and homophobia in sports

First issue of Stand Up magazine out in November

Rugby’s Ben Cohen launches magazine to battle bullying and homophobia in sports
27 September 2012

Since retiring from professional rugby last year, Ben Cohen has dedicated himself to combating bullying and homophobia in sports.

In November, he will unveil the first issue of a StandUp Magazine on which he appears on the cover. The quarterly publication is from Cohen’s magazine of the same name.

The magazine, which carries the tagline ‘True Champions Stand Up,’ will feature the personal stories of athletes and focus on such things as character, fairness and inclusion. Among the articles in the debut issue are on the National Hockey League taking the lead in the fight against homophobia and whether the National Football League is ready for an openly gay player.

‘We stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens,’ the foundation states on its website. ‘Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are often targeted by bullies, we give particular attention to this community. We include removing homophobia from sports as central to our mission.’

Cohen will host a kickoff party for the magazine on 14 November at W Midtown Hotel in New York City.

The magazine cover follows his StandUp underwear line and 2012 calendar.



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