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Atlanta gay ruggers do it in drag

Atlanta Bucks Rugby

The annual Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club's Miss Ruck & Maul Pageant will be at Jungle on Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. and promises to be a hoot with burly men and their mentors dressed in gaudy drag attire competing for the coveted title.

What's better — the event not only entertains but is also a fundraiser for the Bucks and this year also for the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's new Saint and Lost Fund to help LGBT homeless youth. You can pay $10 at the door or make a donation online at here.

The hostesses for the Miss Ruck & Maul Pageant are Ruby Redd and Jenna Tellya — also known as rugby players Ray Matheson and Gary Durden.

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Gay icon and rugby stud Ben Cohen announces Atlanta events for launch of Acceptance Tour

Tickets are now on sale for a chance to meet international rugby star — and gay icon — Ben Cohen when he launches his "Acceptance Tour 2011" with the Atlanta Bucks Rugby club in May.

Cohen is a former World Cup winner with his home country England and will tour the United States as part of the Acceptance Tour 2011 to raise funds for LGBT organizations.

“I am proud to launch my first U.S. tour in the city of Atlanta. We must stand up together against bullying and support young people who are being harmed," Cohen said in a statement. "As athletes, it is not enough just to have strong bodies. We must have strong characters and use our voices to support those who need and deserve it. It is right to stand up for equality and acceptance.”

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UK rugby stud Ben Cohen to launch American acceptance tour with Atlanta Bucks

Ben Cohen, an England World Cup winner and athletic star, teams up with gay rugby team the Atlanta Bucks to launch his "The Acceptance Tour 2011" to fight homophobia.

Cohen, who is straight, is considered a gay icon and has thousands of gay fans. He is the first straight professional athlete to make LGBT equality his top public priority and has recently spoken out against bullying as part of the "It Gets Better Campaign."

"The Acceptance Tour 2011" is in support of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

“We are incredibly honored that Ben has chosen Atlanta to launch his first US tour,” said Gary Durden, president of Atlanta Bucks RFC, in a statement. “As one of the first gay rugby teams in the US, we have long advocated for more inclusion in the world of sports. Having a champion like Ben Cohen stand up with us and for us is amazing.”