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A Goal for Good

| June 28, 2011 | Parties

Stand Up scores one for social equality.
The Party: Brit rugby stud and human rights activist Ben Cohen celebrated the launch of his foundation, Stand Up, with the Human Rights Campaign at David von Storch’s anticipated new Penn Quarter eatery 901. The People: HRC President Joe Solmonese mingled with DC’s media elite, including The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart and Ned Martel, CNN commentator Hilary Rosen and White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard. Best In Show: After a World Cup win and 15 years in the game, Cohen is the first straight sports star to drop the jersey and dedicate his efforts to the LBGT community. The event hailed his foundation’s outreach to the U.S. with the world’s first anti-bullying organization, which he created in honor of his father who was killed while standing up for someone. Straight American athletes have followed suit, including former University of Maryland wrestler Hudson Taylor, who was also on hand to celebrate with HRC and Cohen. Taylor had wrestled with an HRC sticker on his gear and inspired high school athletes to do the same.
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