I fully support any charity organization that consists of hot men whose motto is “Proudly Getting Naked For Club And Community.” Meet The Warwick Rowers: a rowing team who are raising funds for their charity, Sport Allies, which advocates for the fight against bullying and homophobia in school and sport. These humble (and ridiculously hot) gents have generated sales for their cause by posing naked in team calendars and other products that serve as eye candy AND help raise awareness for LGBT rights in sport. Check out their 2015 calendar above to get a sneak peek at the goods, and don’t forget to order yours here!
Married couple Abby Sugar and Sylvie Lardeux launched the Play Out underwear line in 2011 because they were sick of only finding cliche feminine designs when they went underwear shopping. They found the designs on men’s undies more fun and wanted to make that aesthetic available to women. Sugar told the Daily Mail that once they released their first of their two cuts of the product, “we had a lot of men and genderqueer individuals very excited for our underwear as well, so we consciously design both cuts to fit all people.” Play Out is the first line in the world to do this! The company’s website furthers their inclusive ideals as it insists, “No matter your gender identification, we consciously design everything – from the styling, coloring, and both cuts – to be appealing to every gender. We have had people of all gender presentations and identifications wear both styles of underwear.” The founders are also working to evolve the site’s language and gender descriptors to more all-encompassing terms to ensure that shoppers from every walk of life feel welcome. The ultimate goal, Sugar told the Mail, is to offer a lingerie option that isn’t made specifically with the male gaze in mind. “We want people to feel cool, happy and sexy wearing our underwear – but to feel that way for themselves, and not necessarily to please someone else.” Awesome! [Daily Mail UK] [Image via Play Out]
“I’ve been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It’s interesting because we can talk about parenting, relationships, health—all the things that are important to me. But then I think, What if I open up and people attack us just because we’re a gay family? It scares the hell out of me….I don’t know that I am [comfortable talking openly about being gay] now, to be honest with you. The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.”
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels came out as bisexual in 2011 and struggles with discrimination just like anyone else. She told Health magazine about the fears that she and her partner Heidi Rhoades face simply for being who they are and their desire to fit in. The couple has two kids together. It’ll be a happy day when her family is considered just as “normal” as any other — or better yet, when society’s obsession with normalcy fades away altogether. Keep reading »
Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular — and didn’t budge on the policy. Facebook will reinstate suspended accounts for two weeks, giving those members time to decide whether they want to change their names, convert their profiles to pages, or leave the platform, after which the company will begin to suspend accounts again. Keep reading »