Since 2012, the strapping young men of the University of Warwick’s rowing club have been fund-raising for the LGBT community by posing naked for a calendar—and next year’s edition promises to be as racy as ever.
This week the team launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover 2015 production costs of not just the calendar but films, prints, T-shirts, and other merchandise as well.
“We’ll make it very rewarding,” teases the video promoting the project.
Part of the proceeds from sales of the products will go to Sport Allies, a U.K. charity that runs outreach programs that challenge homophobia and make sports accessible to everyone in local schools. The group also creates viral content that inspires young people to call a U.K. helpline or visit a website if they need advice about their sexuality.
So far, the sexy project has been a success.
“I’ve been able to hear about [people from the LGBT community’s] experiences of being bullied and struggling to come to terms with their sexuality,” Laurence Hulse, who co-organized and modeled for the calendar, said in an Outsports press release. “I hope that this is something our calendars and our films can help to address. Not just by funding our outreach work, but by making a statement.”
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.
Writing for the 2-1 majority, Judge Henry F. Floyd said Virginia’s bans “impermissibly infringe on its citizens’ fundamental right to marry.”
"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws," Floyd wrote, joined by Judge Roger L. Gregory.
Gay marriage proponents have won more than 20 legal decisions around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. Most are still under appeal. More than 70 cases have been filed in all 31 states that prohibit same-sex marriage. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia allow such marriages.
"Marriage is one of the most fundamental rights — if not the most fundamental right — of all Americans," plaintiffs’ attorney David Boies said in a statement. "This court has affirmed that our plaintiffs — and all gay and lesbian Virginians — no longer have to live as second-class citizens who are harmed and demeaned every day."
I want to write a novel about silence. The things people don’t say.