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Gay teen tells Warwick Rowers: ‘The images made me realize my homosexuality’

Gay teen tells Warwick Rowers: ‘The images made me realize my homosexuality’

A seventeen year old from Australia has penned an emotional letter to the Warwick Rowers Calendar.

‘I think the most powerful aspects of the images are that they show that camaraderie and mateship is still possible when there are accepting people who don’t care about your sexuality. They gave me the realization that when I came out to my friends they wouldn’t treat me any differently, but just like a mate.

‘In fact the day I came out I put one of the posters on my phone lock screen as motivation to come out’ the young man, Angus writes.

He says the photos of the rowers made him realize his ‘attraction and thus homosexuality.’

Here’s the full letter:

‘Hi, my name’s Angus. I’m a 17yr old Australian who recently came out as gay to his friends and family. I just wanted to say thank you, so very very much for what you guys do. The promo shots of your calendar and some of the pictures were some of the first ever photos of those kind that I saw. In fact it was the calendar images that made me realise my attraction and thus homosexuality.

‘But I think the most powerful aspects of the images are that they show that camaraderie and mateship is still possible when there are accepting people who don’t care about your sexuality. They gave me the realisation that when I came out to my friends they wouldn’t treat me any differently, but just like a mate. Infact the day I came out I put one of the posters on my phone lock screen as motivation to come out.

‘Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for what you’re doing, fighting homophobia and giving confused guys like me confidence in their attraction and eventual acceptance. As soon as I get a job I will buy one of the calendars and support this great cause, so hopefully you can keep helping others like me.’

The calendars’ producer Angus Malcolm shared the message. ‘I went through a lot of pain when I was this kid’s age, and beyond, and everything I have done with Warwick Rowers and Sport Allies has been about taking that pain away from LGBT+ kids today. To receive a message like this makes it all feel more than worthwhile’ he said.