Jock watch: Ben Cohen heads back to Atlanta

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Good news, hunk chasers. You don’t have to wait until Atlanta Pride to see gay ally and rugby stud Ben Cohen in the flesh. The dreamy StandUp Foundation founder returns to town in September for more opportunities to get up close and personal with him for a good cause. Yes, if you hadn't heard, Cohen tops the Atlanta Pride Parade grand marshals list on Oct. 14, but he returns to his adoring gay Atlanta fans a month before that. He hits the gay-owned Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store to reap the benefits of a snazzy party for his Atlanta-based anti-bullying foundation. Two nights later, Cohen and his gay buds on the Atlanta Bucks Rugby team collect the proceeds of a Rockabilly fashion show at the, yep gay-owned, Urban Body Studios. First to the fancy furniture duo Gold and Williams Atlanta location. They’re serving cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment in their swanky store at the Stand Up This Fall! event on Thursday, Sept. 13. A live auction of fabulous stuff for fabulous gays helps up the ante for the foundation. Of course, you can get discounts on MG + BW high-end furniture, and yes, Cohen will be there in all his beefy glory to soak up your endless adoration. Once you’re done being fancy, get down and dirty with a sexy soiree at Urban Body Studios on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Rockabilly Hair, Tattoo & Fashion Show puts sexy up front and center with hot male and female models sporting looks from Grease Monkey’s and the Lucky Exchange. Keeping it all in the gay family, the ‘40s to ‘60s inspired rockabilly hair trends are by Urban Body, light bites by Radial Café and tunes by DJ Todd Skelton. The Bucks play bartender. And of course, our hero. Cohen will sign your event tickets, flash those baby blues at you, put his arm around you for photos, and show you sell you his new underwear (view photos), sexy calendars (top photo, view more), as well as Stand Up t-shirts and wristbands for purchase. Ah, yes indeed, gay Atlanta knows and loves Cohen. Very well. The British hunk, bully fighter and LGBT ally marched in Atlanta Pride last year with the Bucks. He was here in June for a “Legalize Gay” screening and back two weeks later to throw out an opening pitch (watch) during Out in the Stands LGBT Night with the Atlanta Braves. And, not that you’ve forgotten, but we never miss an opportunity to remind you that he knows where his bread is buttered, teasing us on the regular with that hot body of his. A lot. A whole lot. UPDATE: Because twice is never enough with Cohen, there's now a third Atlanta event. Cohen hosts a StandUp Foundation reception at the David Yurman jewelry store in Lenox Square on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. {[email protected]" title="RSVP by e-mail."}


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