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Naked LGBT hockey team calendar is raising money for the best cause

‘We have angry hairy bears, sassy queens, seasoned queer hockey players and everything in between’

Naked LGBT hockey team calendar
The Perth Pythons are a LGBT Inclusive Hockey team

At the west coast Australian Perth Pythons LGBT Hockey club, you can be exactly who you want to be.

And that’s just part of the reason why they’ve been showing their sticks off – in their naked calendar.

Speaking to Gay Star News the Perth Pythons Secretary Leo Nelson says The Pythons are more than just a sports club:

‘We are also a group of great friends. We have angry hairy bears, sassy queens, seasoned queer hockey players and everything in between.’

Dylan Wotherspoon – Hockey Australia & Voodoo Hockey Ambassador | Photo: Perth Pythons

Dylan Wotherspoon – Hockey Australia & Voodoo Hockey Ambassador | Photo: Perth Pythons

Nelson adds: ‘I like to think we are smashing stereotypes, but I throw in the occasional squeal and high kick, just for fun!’

Like others related club calendars – namely the Warwick Rowers which at MaleSpace we may have mentioned once or twice; the Pythons are getting naked in the name of LGBTI inclusivity in sport.

‘We came up with the 2018 Pride in Hockey Calendar as a way to promote the idea that anyone can play hockey. Since we have launched the calendar we have received so many heartwarming messages of support from around the world.’

Members of the Perth Pythons Hockey Team | Photo: Perth Pythons

Members of the Perth Pythons Team | Photo: Perth Pythons

‘We will be sharing the profits from our calendar with a local queer media company, Out in Perth,’ Nelson explains. ‘They are committed to reporting on queer sports and align with our goal of making sports more inclusive.’

Out in Perth is a free local monthly newspaper focusing on diversity in sexuality and gender.

Gabi Nance – Hockey Australia & Voodoo Hockey Ambassador | Photo: Perth Pythons

Gabi Nance – Hockey Australia & Voodoo Hockey Ambassador | Photo: Perth Pythons

Nelson explains how many players, also are part of other teams. But as a club, they offer a safe and fun environment to feel safe as LGBT and play:

‘We play in the more casual social summer season, and encourage LGBT people to come and give hockey a go. 80% of our players had never picked up a stick before they had joined.’

Tom Craig– Hockey Australia & Voodoo Hockey Ambassador | Photo: Perth Pythons

Tom Craig– Hockey Australia & Voodoo Hockey Ambassador | Photo: Perth Pythons

The calendar was made in response to a statistic from the Out on the fields study, which found that 80% of participants had experienced or witnessed homophobia while playing or watching sport.

They braved a chilly 6 am Swanbourne Beach in the western coastal suburb of Perth for their shoot.

And it’s all to prove that making sports more inclusive is important to them. We totally believe they mean it too.

Jesse Sounness, Founding member of the Perth Pythons Hockey Team | Photo: Perth Pythons

Jesse Sounness, Founding member of the Perth Pythons  | Photo: Perth Pythons

Grab your copy of the calendar from: www.perthpythons.com/pridecalendar

 

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