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Beefy ‘priests’ strip for gay acceptance calendar

Beefy ‘priests’ strip for gay acceptance calendar

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

The third installment of the Orthodox Church calendar features chiseled models posing as priests who ‘set out, in a humorous way, to remind the world that homosexuality is NOT one of the 7 deadly sins and in fact that Jesus Christ never even referred to homosexuality as a sin!’

The 2015 calendar is named S.A.L.I.G.I.A., an Italian acronym for: Wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony.

The story behind the photos draws focus to how the church demonizes gay people, but also sparks a dialogue on what is being done daily to combat the seven deadly sins.

According to the Orthodox Calendar website: ‘The calendar is the brainchild of a group composed mostly of Orthodox eastern Europeans of the former communist region.’

Most followers of the Orthodox Church live in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Russia, regions with some of the worst LGBTI legislation in the world.

‘The primary goal was to create the very first organized global effort against homophobia in the Orthodox Region.’

Since its debut in 2012, the Orthodox Calendar has gone viral globally, with a 2014 edition paying tribute to gay marriage.

‘Three years after its creation, OC is still the only organized global effort against homophobia in the Orthodox region,’ the group behind the calendar stated in a press release.

The 2015 Orthodox Calendar is available in a classic (€18.99, $24.33) and explicit version (€34.95, $44.77)