A million people are expected to join in Saturday’s annual Pride London gay rights parade, among them former England rugby union star Ben Cohen.
has told how the murder of his father led him to join Saturday’s Pride London gay rights parade.
The retired Northampton and England winger became a gay rights campaigner after his father Peter Cohen died while trying to protect someone at a nightclub he owned in 2000.
Combined with the huge following Cohen has among the gay community, his father’s death led him to get involved in raising awareness about homophobic bullying.
The married father of twin girls, 32, said: “My dad was murdered through violence, brutally attacked protecting someone.
“Fast forward six years, I had a massive gay following that I didn’t realise that I had.
Metro UK adds:
Cohen, 32, explained that his father’s death and his involvement with the charity had inspired him to take part in Pride London.
‘My dad was murdered through violence, brutally attacked protecting someone,’ he said.
‘Fast forward six years, I had a massive gay following that I didn’t realise that I had. A lot of people were writing in to me so I started doing things within that community and saying bullying needs to stop.
‘I really wanted to make it easier for people who get bullied and I’m in the privileged position of being a successful sportsman and having a place to speak to people and hopefully people listen.’
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