The Kings Cross Steelers Rugby team celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! And to celebrate they beefy fellas have teamed up with cult magazine Meat, for a special photo shoot.
Meat is a quarterly publication that caters to gay men. It was launched in 2010 by Adrian Lourie, and celebrates body positivity by showcasing sexy guys of all shapes and sizes.
The Kings Cross Steelers are stripping down and posing for the latest issue of Meat. Twenty-nine of its players have been snapped by the mag’s founder, Publisher and photographer Adrian Lourie at the Steelers’ training ground in West Ham, posing in their uniforms and underwear. But don’t expect perfectly chiseled bodies, bulging biceps and sexy six packs. It will feature everyday guys, not models.
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. 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 magazine 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
But in the meantime, just in case those photos weren’t enough, make sure you don’t miss the special teasers of the behind the scenes video’s down below:
This May, the Kings Cross Steelers will travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the Bingham Cup, gay rugby’s world cup.
Half of all profits from the sale of Meat The Kings Cross Steelers will help support the club – so get out there and pick up a copy from meatzine.com
For more information about The Kings Cross Steelers, contact Christopher at email@example.com