Naked Rowers Pose Nude To Fight Homophobia

British Rowers in Naked GloryThe rowers of Great Britain’s University of Warwick are battling homophobia by getting naked. For their fifth consecutive year, the British rowing team has unveiled another nude calendar — featuring the young men in their au-naturale glory. The nude calendars, which began in 2009, were conceived as a way of fundraising to spread awareness against homophobia. Since then, sales have spread internationally, with last year’s calendar selling out within a couple of days to customers in over forty countries.

Naked Rowers of WarwickA portion of the sale’s proceeds will go to a new program, Sports Allies, which was recently formed with Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH). This program allows the team to give back to their fans in the gay community by continuing their fight against homophobia in the form of an “It Gets Better”-like campaign and crisis hotline.

The photographer of the calendar is the London-based lensman, Angus Malcolm. If the ubiquity of these photos on social media and news outlets is any indication, the calendars of these naked rowers will sell like hot cakes once again.

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