UK rugby star Ben Cohen's campaign to support gay charities and groups kicks off in May.

Cohen, also known as Big Ben and Benji, announced on his website that he's prepared to take on a more visible role in advocating for LGBT rights.

“This summer I am heading The Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour to the USA. We are working with gay/gay-friendly rugby clubs holding events and dinners and spreading a message of acceptance and mutual respect for everyone and also raising money for my soon to be formed foundation, which will be supporting existing charities and organizations working within the LGBT community.”

Fundraising to support the campaign, which includes stops in Atlanta, New York, Washington and Seattle, begins with two meet-and-greet events titled Beer with Ben in April in the UK.

In Manchester, Cohen and the Village Spartans Rugby Club will hold an event on Thursday, April 7 at the Taurus. A Wednesday, April 20 event at 2 Brewers teams up Cohen with the Kings Cross Steelers.

“I am looking forward to coming along to meet everyone,” Cohen wrote in a blog post announcing the events. “It should be a fun evening. I will be bringing along some auction items, updating everyone on the Acceptance Tour details and speaking about my rugby career.”