The men of the University of Warwick Boat Club in Coventry, United Kingdom have decided to display their solidarity with the gay / lesbian community by rowing naked. They’re trying to draw attention to inequities in health care that GLBT folks often face. I don’t know how U.K. lesbians feel about a bunch of college boys getting undressed on their behalf, but as always, it’s the thought that counts.
“We are thrilled to be launching the UKs first dedicated fitness space with the Warwick Rowers,” said Dave Viney, manager of the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham. “It’s great to see homophobia in sport and homophobic bullying creatively challenged by a predominantly heterosexual sports team.”
The rowers previously stripped down for a sports calendar to raise funds for charity, so this might be the start of a trend. When you realize that athletes competed nude in the ancient Olympics, old school might not be a bad thing.