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March 18, 2014

The Brisbane Hustlers have beat gay rugby teams from across Australia and New Zealand to win the annual Purchas Cup

A team from the state of Queensland has won Australia and New Zealand’s annual Purchas Cup for gay rugby beating out teams from Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.

The Sydney Convicts had been the favourites to win – being the current reigning world champions of gay rugby - but the Brisbane Hustlers came up on top beating them 12 to 5 in a surprise result.

The Hustlers may have had a home ground advantage as it was the first time the competition has been held inside Brisbane’s Ballymore Stadium – the home of rugby in the city.

December 26, 2013

Whether you’re after eye candy or inspiring representations of same-sex couples, these calendars are a mix of the steamiest, cutest and most fun for next year

To keep track of our increasingly hectic and electronic lives in the New Year, we’ve put together a list of the best wall calendars for 2014.

What makes them the best?

Is it the the charitable causes, like HIV prevention and combatting transphobia, some calendar producers are encouraging you to support?

Or could it be the fact that some models are straight people in support of the LGBTI community?

Perhaps it's the rippling, sinewy muscles and homoerotic undertones of some calendars that makes them worthy of our attention.

December 25, 2013

Straight ally and former rugby star Cohen posts picture on Twitter as he prepares his festive feast

Former rugby star and anti-gay bullying champion Ben Cohen has been showing a bit of gay pride while cooking his Christmas dinner.

The 35-year-old pin-up, while straight, has become an LGBTI activist, founding the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation in 2011 to fight bullying.

He tweeted this picture this afternoon (25 December) with the caption: ‘Wearing my apron with Pride whilst cooking Christmas dinner!’

The apron declares his ‘Gay Icon’ status.

December 1, 2013

The Australian Rugby Union football code will display the global gay rugby Bingham Cup in its trophy case alongside other international trophies held by Australia – becoming the first Australian sporting code to do so

The global gay rugby Bingham Cup trophy, currently held by Australia’s Sydney Convicts team, will be displayed alongside other international rugby cups held by Australia in an Australian first.

The news was made public by Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons yesterday.

November 8, 2013

Gareth Thomas, the first professional rugby player to come out as gay, adds his opinion to the ongoing debate as to whether gay athletes should participate in the upcoming Russian Olympics given the country's laws against homosexuality

Gareth Thomas believes nothing should hold gay athletes back from participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics, not even anti-gay laws.

The openly gay retired rugby player discussed the 2014 Winter Olympics in an interview with Youtube sport channel Sportlobster TV, adding to the debate and concern as to whether gay and lesbian athletes should compete in the games because host countries Qatar and Russia have strong laws against homosexuality.

October 29, 2013

Take a sneak peak at the British rugby legend with the lovely smile's steamy 2014 calendar

The British rugby legend, currently showing us his salsa on Strictly Come Dancing, has stripped off once again to fight gay bullying.

Ben Cohen, nearly every lad-lover's favorite, is back with a new calendar for 2014.

This time he has invited us for a sneak peak into the shower and the locker room for a behind-the-scenes look.

Remember this is all about charity. All of the funds raised for his calendar will go to Cohen’s Stand Up Foundation, aiming to stop bullying in schools and sports.

October 25, 2013

Barclays LGBT gala fundraiser for Cohen’s anti-bullying charity also hears Olympic bronze medal hero Annie Panter talk about being lesbian

Performing in Strictly Come Dancing is the nerve-wracking thing former rugby star and pin-up Ben Cohen has ever done.

He made the comments at a fundraising dinner last night (24 October) for his LGBT anti-bullying charity, StandUp Foundation – organized by Barclays.

Meanwhile another special guest, Olympic bronze medalist Annie Panter, used the dinner to unexpectedly speak about being gay – and to joke how much sex there was behind the scenes at the London 2012 games.

June 28, 2013

Warwick University Rowing Club is posing nude for the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, raising money to fight homophobia and other forms of bullying

A British rowing team is stripping down to raise money to combat homophobia.

For the past four years, in between training for competitions, the Warwick University Rowing Club have raised money by posing nude for a calendar.

And this year, they will be donating a portion of the money raised to the LGBT ally and rugby legend Ben Cohen’s anti-homophobia and bullying charity.

May 13, 2013

Gay rugby tournament the Union Cup 2013 will see 550 players from over 20 teams compete in Bristol, pumping £25,000 into the local economy

Bristol, UK will be hosting Europe’s biggest gay rugby tournament, the Union Cup 2013 on 23 – 26 May.

This year 550 gay rugby players from teams including Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin will travel to Bristol to compete, bringing an estimated £25,000 to the city's local economy.

Tournament director David Arid said: ‘The idea of a gay and gay-friendly rugby club is to provide an accepting environment in which players can develop their sporting potential without fear of prejudice.

April 1, 2013

Ben Cohen, who is 50% deaf, says Sir Elton John changed his life with an offer for hearing aids

Straight ally Ben Cohen confessed that his hearing loss has improved with the help of Sir Elton John.

The anti-bullying crusader, who was diagnosed with severe hearing loss in his early 20s, never sought treatment because of his vigorous rugby activities.

‘I’m into the profound hearing loss category. I’m going deaf,’ said Cohen.

‘Certain sounds – such as the letters T and K – I can’t really hear at all’.

February 1, 2013

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found three in five believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast

Most pro football players would welcome a gay teammate and some say the first soccer star to come out would make a fortune.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 62% believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football such as racism, drugs, and depression.

January 7, 2013

New Zealand TV presenter denies Sunday newspaper report that he is calling for national rugby players to come out

New Zealand gay former TV presenter Steve Gray has denied reports that he is calling for a member of the national rugby team, the All Blacks, to come out.

The Sunday Star-Times reported that Gray, along with other gay rights advocates, was calling for an All Blacks player to come out and said there have been several gay All Blacks over the years.

December 28, 2012

Gareth Thomas wants to do 'something that's never been done before' on this year's series of Dancing on Ice in the UK

Welsh gay rugby star Gareth Thomas will be slipping on his sequins for Britain's reality show Dancing on Ice.

Some of the contestants joining the rugby player will be Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, actress Samia Ghadie and X Factor winner Shane Ward.

Thomas has recently spoken out about a report which states gay students find it difficult to get into sport at university.

The 38-year-old said: 'Attitudes have changed and the time is right for sport to start accepting openly gay people in the same way other areas of society have in recent years.'

October 31, 2012

According to reports, the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant will take to the ice floor in 2013

Gareth Thomas has reportedly been signed for Dancing On Ice.

The Welsh gay rugby star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant is said to slipping on his sequins for the British ice-dancing competition.

Comedian and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner Joe Pasquale and soap actors Matt Lapinskas and Samia Ghadie are also said to be taking to the ice floor, as reported by The Sun.

London Olympians Beth Tweddle, who won bronze on the uneven bars, and Luke Campbell, won gold in the boxing, will also join the latest series.

October 2, 2012

Rugby star Cohen StandUp for Equality T-shirt in celebration of National Coming Out Day on 11 October.

Rugby superstar Ben Cohen is collaborating with The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to encourage everyone to come out and stand up for LGBT equality.

The duo will be selling 1,000 T-shirts in aid of National Coming Out Day, the globally celebrated event encouraging LGBT people and their straight supporters to live honest lives, which is celebrated every 11 October.

September 27, 2012

First issue of Stand Up magazine out in November

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.

September 11, 2012

Julia Gillard supports Sydney Convicts' bid for Australia to host the Bingham Cup in 2014

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she is backing a bid for the country to hold a gay rugby world cup contest.

The Sydney Convicts, a rugby club whose members are mostly gay men, will this week submit their bid to host the Bingham Cup in 2014.

'Australia is a sports-loving nation which also has an abiding commitment to diversity and mutual respect,' said Gillard, who has been criticized for her refusal to back gay marriage proposals.

September 11, 2012

'Being Mark’s mother has been in turns difficult, frightening, whimsical, beautiful and downright fun'

It was 11 years ago today that Alice Hoagland lost her son, Mark Bingham, in the September 11 terrorist attacks against the US.

Bingham was a gay man who among the heroes on United Flight 93 who are thought to have fought their hijackers. The plane went down in Pennsylvania instead of a government building in Washington D.C. as was planned.

September 6, 2012

Former Welsh rugby international Gareth Thomas talks about wanting to drown or fall off a cliff before coming out as gay

Openly gay former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas says that being closeted made him so depressed he wanted to fall off a cliff.

The ex rugby union international star was speaking at an event in London for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), the global professional services firm, and their clients and contacts yesterday evening (5 September).

It was organized by GLEE, PwC’s ‘gay, lesbian and everyone else’ networking group.

August 23, 2012

'How can we be challenging homophobia when we’re saying, ‘You’re equal to me but you’re separate''

Rugby star David Pocock faced off against retired tennis champion John Fitzgerald over the issue of gay marriage on Australian television this week with Pocock speaking passionately in support of same-sex unions.

July 26, 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron shows his support for rugby legend Ben Cohen's StandUp Foundation at LGBT reception

UK Prime Minister David Cameron showed his support for rugby legend and gay rights champion Ben Cohen at an LGBT Downing Street reception.

Cohen proudly tweeted a photo of himself with his arm around the Conservative leader yesterday (25 July).

The pair held a t-shirt with the logo of his anti-bullying charity the StandUp Foundation, which Cohen tweeted had been given the thumbs up by the PM.

July 20, 2012

Chairman of King's Cross Steelers 'couldn't be prouder' to carry the Olympic torch through streets of East London on Sunday

Members of London's gay rugby club, the King's Cross Steelers, are preparing to celebrate their chairman's role as an Olympic torch bearer on Sunday (22 July).

Tim Sullivan, who led the East London-based Steelers to become the European champions in gay and inclusive rugby last year, will carry the iconic flame through the streets of Havering Borough.

May 31, 2012

Ben Cohen and Gareth Thomas back the 39 clubs from 15 countries competing for the gay rugby Bingham Cup

The New York Gotham Knights are preparing to defend their gay rugby world title this weekend as Manchester hosts the Bingham Cup.

In total 39 clubs from 15 countries will be represented at the tournament in Manchester, north west England which is being supported by the country’s Rugby Football Union.

The gay capital of the north is preparing to host over 1,500 players and spectators from Amsterdam, Dublin, Ottawa, Stockholm, Sydney and beyond.

May 20, 2012

Royal prince and rugby hunk pose for picture supporting the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation

Britain’s Prince Harry has revealed his support for rugby legend Ben Cohen’s anti-bullying charity.

The prince and rugby union star posed together after a charity football match celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The image, which Cohen recently posted on his Facebook and Twitter page, shows the two hunks holding up a t-shirt for The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.

Cohen tweeted: ‘My opposite number in the football match today was the Great Prince Harry! Harry loves what we are doing with StandUp!’