Birmingham LGBT has announced that the University of Warwick Boatclub, who stripped to raise money for Ben Cohen’s StandUp Foundation, are to open the UK’s first dedicated sports training centre for LGBT people.

Dave Viney Centre Manager said: “We are thrilled to be launching the UKs first dedicated fitness space with the Warwick Rowers. It’s great to see homophobia in sport and homophobic bullying creatively challenged by a predominantly heterosexual sports team.”

The University of Warwick’s Boat Club produced a female and a male naked rowing club calendar for Christmas 2012. The later (photographed) has heavily featured in the gay press because it is to raise money for the former rugby player Ben Cohen’s StandUp Foundation that combats homophobic bullying.

The LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham will address the problems of health inequalities that LGBT people face in Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK. The centre is part funded by the National Lottery.

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