English rugby star Ben Cohen has auctioned the shirt off his back to fight homophobia.

The hunky, six-foot-two star of the Sale Sharks club kicked off fundraising to support The Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour, a U.S. tour to combat homophobia starting in May, with two April meet-and-greet events titled Beer with Ben in the UK.

At the first event in Manchester, Cohen and the Village Spartans Rugby Club joined comedian Jonathan Mayor at the Taurus.

When Mayor asked Cohen why he had decided to stand up against homophobia, he answered: “If we save one person's life, or get someone to think different, then I'm doing a good job.”

Mayor went on to auction the gray-colored, short-sleeved t-shirt that read “I stand up with Ben Cohen UK tour” off Cohen's back for 200 English pounds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

A second event featuring the 2 Brewers rugby club is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 at the Kings Cross Steelers.

Cohen will visit four U.S. cities starting in May. The Atlanta Bucks rugby club will host Cohen's first stop with events scheduled from Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21.