Wow, can you believe it – the Kings Cross Steelers Rugby team celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! And to celebrate they beefy fellas have teamed up with cult mag, Meat, for a special shoot.
In the latest issue of Meat, that can be bought HERE, twenty-nine of its players have been snapped by the mag’s founder and publisher Adrian Lourie at the Steelers’ training ground in West Ham. And as you can see they look pretty foxy!
Not that some of the players think so. Gorgeous Christopher Kang (above), 1st XV player, The Kings Cross Steelers modestly admits: ‘I see myself as a pretty average looking-dude so I don’t really see myself as a pin-up anything. So I’m chuffed that I’ve had the good fortune of joining a long line of Meat magazine dudes alongside so many of my fellow Steelers. The Steelers has not only helped pave the way for inclusive rugby teams but also helped changed perceptions about gay sportsmen.’
Alex Smith, Chairman of The Kings Cross Steelers said: ‘Despite so much progress over the last 20 years, it can still be very difficult to be an out gay man, made even more so by a lot of unhelpful noise around how to be, act or look within the community. That’s why I’m proud that The Kings Cross Steelers have partnered with Meat to help show that anyone can be a pin-up by simply being yourself.’
He added: ‘For two decades, our club has helped hundreds of men – big, small, gay or straight – realise the great maxim about rugby: that it is a game for people of all shapes and sizes – truly a sport for everyone.”
Adrian Lourie, who first published the cult gay pin-up zine six years ago, has explained that his magazine is a celebration of real men and real bodies. ‘I started Meat because I was tired of the body-shaming that goes on within the gay community and I wanted to celebrate the bodies of ‘ordinary’ gay men,’ he said. ‘That’s why photographs in Meat are never retouched. A collaboration with the Kings Cross Steelers made perfect sense as they believe in the same inclusiveness that I do.’
Meat The Kings Cross Steelers can be ordered from meatzine.com, with the first 100 copies sold including an artist-signed 6×4 colour photo print. The zine will also be available from Kings Cross Steelers events, including Ho’ Down in Heaven in London’s Heaven nightclub on May 6, 2016. A fundraiser for the Steelers, tickets are available HERE
For more information about The Kings Cross Steelers, contact Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this video teaser: