Barcelona’s Gay Swim Team Gets Wet to Fight Homophobia

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The Barcelona Panthers strip down and get wet to raise money for local HIV/AIDS organizations with a brand-new calendar. Photographer Juan Pablo Santamaria took photos of nearly 60 swimmers atop Barcelona’s “hetero-friendly” Axel Hotel. Money raised from the $13 calendars will be given to BCN Checkpoint Centre—a testing, treatment, and prevention center. “The Panthers are dedicated to combatting homophobia in sport, so we’re not just gay and lesbian athletes, and we don’t only participate in gay-specific sporting events. We play with teams across the country and the world to show there’s no need for hate among athletes,” Group Coordinator Mano Ventura told Gay Star News. You can purchase your calendar online.
Check out a behind-the-scenes video and another picture after the jump…

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