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WICKED, Ben Cohen and Dan Savage Stand Up Against Bullying
Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 11:15 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
Special event includes WICKED performance plus post-show forum on anti-bullying efforts being made by The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, It Gets Better Project, and WICKED
Included in the price of this ticket is admission to the performance, a $25 donation to benefit StandUp and It Gets Better and exclusive access to a talk-back after the show with Ben Cohen, MBE, Dan Savage and members of the WICKED Company.
For the past four years, the North American companies of WICKED have been leaders in the theatre community’s fight to end bullying. Through its partnership with the National School Climate Center’s BullyBust program, WICKED has used its message of tolerance in prevention materials, educational activities, and classroom workshops that have reached more than 500,000 students in over 1,200 schools nationwide. In London, WICKED has established an ongoing partnership with the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation that has made significant strides to raise awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying and to fund those doing real-world work to stop it.
About It Gets Better Project
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. Every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it. For more info, please visit It Gets Better Project.
When & Where
The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Inc.
The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Inc. is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing real-world work to stop it. We stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are often targeted by bullies, we give particular attention to this community. We include promoting diversity and inclusion in sports as central to our mission.
The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit, is funded, in part, through profits generated by the StandUp social-commerce brand, making it the first social-commercial brand focused on LGBT causes. Individuals and corporations contribute generously to the Foundation as well. To engage the consumer marketplace and help drive social change as a partner, visit www.standupfoundation.com.
About Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen, MBE, is among the world's greatest athletes. He is an England Rugby World Cup champion, and second in all-time scoring for his country. He is first among straight athletes to focus his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of LGBT people. In May 2011, Mr. Cohen retired at the top of his game to found the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. As Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Cohen travels worldwide speaking to students and corporations about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. The cause is close to his heart, as Mr. Cohen's own father was beaten to death when he stood up for an employee who was being attacked. Mr. Cohen has reached millions of people with his message through global media coverage, films and nearly 300,000 followers on social media. With his leadership, cities across the United States have passed StandUp declarations, calling for an end to bullying. Working with the UK Home Office, he has led the charge for the StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports in his country, including broad adoption to date in soccer, rugby and tennis.