Straight ally Ben Cohen heats up the pages of ‘Metrosource NY’ (April/May 2012), in which he talks about how he went from scoring rugby goals to fighting for kids’ rights.

So how did this straight sportsman become a champion of gay kids’ rights? In some ways, the gay community chose Cohen. “While I was playing rugby, I realized that I had a gay following,” the British rugby star tells Metrosource. About six years ago, it was brought to his attention that — of his tens of thousands of Facebook fans — a vast majority of them were gay men. Cohen didn’t mind that these fans might like him more for his pecs than his performance on the field, but it did plant the seed of an idea: He wanted to do something to give back. “To be able to say, ‘Look guys, there’s more to me than — and I can’t believe I’m saying it — looks and a hairy chest,’” he says.

He’s 33.

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Straight ally Ben Cohen heats up the pages of 'Metrosource NY' (April/May 2012), in which he talks about how he went from scoring rugby goals to fighting for kids’ rights. So how did this straight sportsman become a champion of gay kids’ rights? In some ways, the gay community...