The University of Warwick's rowing team calendars are back, and the men are showing off more than just their oars! For their 2017 naked calendar, the team is proving that they've got the glutes to raise awareness about homophobia in sports.
The latest naked calendar has the athletes, as bare as the day they were born, standing tall in majestic Warwick locations to address homophobia and gender inequality.
In just five weeks it will be Christmas Eve! Who's hoping a WR17 Calendar will be under their tree? pic.twitter.com/x1nAaTRuuK— Warwick Rowers (@naked_rowers) November 19, 2016
The Warwick Project Calendar is a public awareness campaign that was started in 2009. It aims to promote positive, inclusive, and respectful attitudes toward people of all genders and sexualities. Proceeds from this year's naked calendar will be donated to Sports Allies, a charity that promotes an inclusive and supportive environment in sports.
Producer and principal photographer of the calendar, Angus Malcolm, said that the contributions of the rowers provide the LGBTQ community with much needed support.
"Only they can prove beyond question that the battle for LGBTQ rights comes not from self-interest, but from a belief in justice and human rights," said Malcolm. "And that we are not outsiders, but part of every family and every community."
The Warwick Calendar Project has raised over £70,000, but the rowers don't just save their activism for the pictures. The athletes made an appearance at London's 2016 Pride Parade and even flew to NY to promote LGBT tourism.[gallery type="slideshow" size="full" ids="148940,148942,148939,148938" orderby="rand"]
"Sports can and must play a better role in our society," wrote Tristan, one of the rowers. "We believe that sport should be an opportunity to discover and fulfill your potential as an individual, whatever your sexuality and wherever you sit on the gender spectrum."
According to the Huffington Post UK, evidence was submitted for a government inquiry on homophobia in sports, and a report on the subject will be released in the future.
However, the men's rowing team wasn't the only group to go naked for charity. The women's rowing team also released their annual calendar, with proceeds going toward Macmillan Cancer Support. The women's rowing team seeks to encourage women of all shapes and sizes to celebrate and embrace their bodies, as well.
The men's rowing team also released a behind-the-scenes video of their recent photoshoots. Check it out: