A group of Belgian rowers is using the power of thirst for a good cause, promoting LGBTQ inclusion in sports with a steamy locker room photoshoot.
Out rower Simon Haerinck launched the initiative, called Same Sport, Different Sexuality, on Instagram, where the first two posts quickly racked up likes.
In the photos, Haerinck poses with straight rowers Niels Raoul Boone, Ruben Claeys, and Henri Steyaert.
The first one shows the guys shirtless with the text “Same Sport Different Sexuality” written on their chests:
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Today we are launching the first part of our campaign “same sport, different sexuality”, to raise awareness about homophobia in sports, which unfortunately is still a taboo. Playing sports should be about having fun and improving your mental and physical health. It’s about escaping the daily stress of school or work. You should not have to worry about your sexual orientation whilst playing the sport you love. This is why we reach out to you! To all straight people playing sports: take a picture with your LGBTQ- teammate to show them your love and acceptance, and post it using our hashtag #samesportdifferentsexuality. We will be collecting all pics on our social media pages. No one should have to hide their sexuality out of fear for their teammates’ reactions. No one should have to be afraid to even start playing sports for this reason. Sport is for everyone so let’s create a place of acceptance. Big thanks to my fellow rowers @claeys_ruben, @nielsraoulboone and @henri__st . Straight guys who truly don’t have a problem with me being gay and accept everyone for who he or she is. Big thanks to our amazing photographer @louiskerckhof and his assistant @nanoialoha , for the great pictures. Big thanks to our MUA @suki_mg_ , a real upcoming talent. Couldn’t have done it without you guys. #same #sport #different #sexuality #sports #straightguy #gay #lgbtq #awereness #instaguy #campaign #taboo #equality #sportlife #love #homophobia #rowing #roeien #sexualorientation @hoscos
By the second entry in the campaign, they were wearing even less clothing:
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Part 2 of the campaign: the taboo of the locker room and showering together. As a rower I can’t really complain about this. Rowers are very open and accepting. In other sports there is still a bit of work to be done. Fact: 1 in 3 straight soccer players is not comfortable showering next to a LGBTQ- player. I can’t really get my head around this. I don’t see why this could be a problem. Did anyone had a bad experience with this? Or how is the situation in your club? Let me know in the comments below. ? Let’s tackle this problem together. Thank you Pic by @louiskerckhof #sports #rowers #rowing #samesportdifferentsexuality #shower #showerpic #naked #lockerroom #taboo #straight #gay #lgbtq #justpeople #soccer #basketball #tennis @theellenshow
Speaking to Outsports, Haerinck explained what he hopes to accomplish with the campaign:
“I don’t want to pressure anyone to come out on their team. But if they choose to do so, a sports club should be a place of acceptance. And if they see a lot of straight people take pictures with their queer teammates, maybe they will have the strength to finally be themselves.”
YO come ‘row’ me.
love it…. I’d say “raw” with me…. but that’s just me.
I like “SPORT”
Oh oh 4 hot white guys someones gonna be triggered!!!
Only YOU, cupcake! You’re on the one with racism and white supremacy on the brain!
I would like an order of SPORT and SEXUALITY please.
It’s ok, I dont need them delivered, I’ll pick up the order myself.
All body hair removed. Boring.
Mmmmmmm! Hot Belgian foreskins!
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
They are all freaking beautiful, and the fact they came out in support of the Gays increases their attractiveness ten fold….
It’s about God dam- time. Cheers to great guys!!!
When is someone going to call out these photo filters for the damage they’re doing to self-esteem? People are so offended by their own images anymore they can’t post a picture without filtering all their defects as each site reminds you to “play nice” and not call out people for their bullshit. IG even asks if you’d like to retract your comment if they think the wording is somewhat questionable.
I don’t even know how people look at these filtered pics and accept them as real. They’re nothing but a modern-day catfish, a product of the selfie hell we’re living in.
We’ve gone way past the comic idea of changing oneself to see how you’d look in a beard or 6 pack abs to almost every single picture not being a real person anymore. The posters are so afraid of not getting “liked” that they’re afraid to show the real them. I’m so sick of phony 6 pack abs, those are the ones that aren’t symmetric from left to right, that I actually prefer when these people put clothes on so I don’t have to look at their disfigured bodies. What’s scarier is that advertisers are doing the same thing even on professional models. No need to pay top dollar for gym bunnies anymore when we can filter anyone to look like hell.
This photo does not appear to be filtered. For some reason, you just feel the need to say that a picture of anyone with a good body is fake, and I’m assuming that’s because you’re bitter about not having a good body yourself, which would be your fault, not the world’s.
These photos aren’t ‘filtered’
You have a pretty negative outlook on the world, I suggest you work on that.
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