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In one of my previous columns, I asked “Is America Becoming A Naked Nation?” Perhaps I should have asked if this is a naked planet. You see, the U.K.’s Warwick Rowing Team and its naked calendar has caught my eye and is giving me a more global perspective on nudity , which I need to, ahem, “study more closely.”
The calendar features images of the naked British men romping together in a variety of outdoor scenes, displaying their chiseled physiques in a way that is sure to make housewives smile, homophobes wince, and everyone talk — mainstreaming the discussion of homosexuality in the sporting world — a situation that is often met with bullying.
With a tagline of “Proudly getting naked for club and community since 2009,” The Warwick Rowers are fast becoming a media sensation. Not only because of their buff bodies on display in what was named the “UK Charity Calendar of the Year 2014,” but because the team is using this “exposure” to help fight homophobia and to take a stand against bullying by launching a charity initiative called “Sport Allies.”
The calendar depicts scenes such as the naked team members sitting on top of each other’s shoulders, or fondling each other’s colorfully paint splattered bodies, as well as showing off their best “assets.”
Laurie, one of this year’s biggest stars, says that working on the calendar project underscored to him the need for Sport Allies, while giving him a chance to meet people from the LGBT community that he might not otherwise have met.
“I had the opportunity to hear about their experiences of being bullied, of struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, and I hope that this is something our calendars and our films can help to address,” Laurie says. “Not just by funding our outreach work, but by making a statement.”
Whether passed around the girls at the office, or the boys at the gym, Laurie explains that the team does not mind who enjoys its lighthearted calendars and films.
“We had fun creating them and we want everyone to have fun looking at them,” Laurie adds, saying, “It’s all good!”
Some of the team’s high-profile patrons include Hugh Hefner’s wife Crystal and Brit celebrities such as John Barrowman, Derren Brown, Stephen Fry, Boy George and Helen Mirren, with more popularity sure to come, as a limited edition print collection comes to market — via a vigorous crowdfunding campaign.
“We’re basically a fundraising project — the money that comes in goes straight out again,” says Warwick team rower Laurence Hulse. “We’re not sitting on some vast pile of cash, so crowdfunding is an essential part of how we pay for production of the next year’s calendars, films and everything else.”
The prints will feature the centerfold image of Laurie from the 2014 calendar, produced in three different editions from small to enormous and signed by both Laurie and photographer Angus Malcolm.
“Every summer we come up with great deals and unique offers that make it possible for us to cover our costs and get the best value from our suppliers, so that as much of our revenue as possible can go where it’s needed,” Hulse added. “It also means our supporters get a great deal!”
Moreover, that number of supporters is growing.
“From a few hundred sales in its first year, the Warwick Rowers naked male calendar has become an international phenomenon, popular with both women and men,” explains a team spokesperson. “The gay community has supported the calendar from very early on and the rowers, who include both gay and straight athletes, have shown their appreciation for this support by dedicating themselves to challenging homophobic bullying among young people around the world.”
For more information on bullying and inclusion in sports, visit sportallies.org. To grab your own copy of the Warwick Rowing Team’s naked calendar or other sexy items, visit Warwick Rowers — to get an eyeful of boy candy and help a good cause in the process.
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