Ben Cohen: "I'm Not A Gay Icon"
We can think of so many words to describe hunky rugby superstar Ben Cohen, but he selflessly doesn't think he's "a gay icon."
The studly, six-foot-two star of the Sale Sharks club launched a campaign against homophobia last week. The Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour begins next month in Atlanta, and will host events in three additional U.S. cities â€“ Washington, Seattle and New York City.
In a new interview with UK glossy QX Magazine, Cohen talked about how his iconic status in the gay community came about.
"To be honest with you it's something that's been going on for about five or six years," Cohen says. "There's this guy called Laurent in Paris who started a fan page on Facebook and in the last couple of years it really took off. I don't really see myself as a gay icon, but I realize I have this huge following and it's growing every day."
Cohen goes on to explain that his support hasn't been about being gay as much as it was about sticking up for the underdog. "We heard these stories about people getting bullied over their sexual preference and wanting to commit suicide. I'm comfortable with my sexuality. I'm married and I've got kids. But I thought if I can help out in any way, I'm in a position where I can air my opinion and it'll get a lot of listeners. We're trying to support people who are being bullied and to get people who've been bullied to stand up against it."