Rugby Gods Ben Cohen (above), Gareth Thomas (below) Cheer Tournament, Inclusiveness in Sports
Top Dating Site Gaydar.net is #1 Sponsor
"We'll be celebrating with a sport I love, which is rugby. Rugby is very diverse anyway; it takes all shapes and sizes to play. It's a sport that's played by all and it's very good to see that it's really big in the gay community," British World Cup champion, (straight) gay activist and all round babe, Ben Cohen told MSN UK looking forward to The Bingham Cup. Read the full MSN UK interview here.
Cohen, who is married with two beautiful daughters admirably retired from rugby in just over a year ago to raise a family and focus on his StandUp Foundation -- which promotes gay inclusiveness in all sports. He recently made headlines everywhere posing with StandUp supporter, Prince Harry.
Fellow Brit gay activist and former British Lions captain and forthcoming NAKED Attitude Magazine star Gareth Thomas recently hailed as the most influential gay man in the UK--championed bringing the Bingham Cup to Manchester, said, “I’m passionate that anyone, regardless of their background, should be able to play rugby. Events such as the Bingham Cup help break down barriers and bring more people into our great sport.” Listen to the full Gareth Thomas interview above or here.
For a taste of the action, take a look at the winning play by 2010 Bingham Cup winner, NYC's Gotham Knights, of which Mark Bingham was co-founder. A documentary film about the team release in 2009 was also titled “With You” and was released in 2009)
Gaydar.net, the UK’s most popular gay dating website, is the headline sponsor of the tournament. “The Bingham Cup is a hugely important and influential sporting event which is helping to drive homophobia out of sport. Rugby is known as a tough and masculine sport, and the tournament broadcasts a strong message to everyone that gay guys are no different to their straight counterparts, and every bit as much up to the challenge."
“With more than six million members globally, Gaydar is one of the largest and most vibrant gay communities in the world, so it’s essential for us to get our weight behind The Bingham Cup and help ensure it continues to grow year-on-year.”