Warwick Rowers Message to Trump/Pence and the World’s Leaders

We wanted to say thank you for the amazing support that you have shown us and Sport Allies again this year. Thank you!

Although we have a lot to be grateful for this season, we have also witnessed growing resentment of minority and LGBT rights around the world.  So three of us went to Westminster, the seat of British government, to send a naked Christmas message to world leaders. 

Please share this message across all of your social media channels and help us get the message out. 

We are the Warwick Rowers.

Cian: And this is Westminster, our country’s main seat of power. It’s London, it’s December and it’s not that warm BUT

Lucas: We are here because we have a message for the new leadership team in the United States and for all leaders around the world.

Tom: As straight allies, we believe that everyone should have the same human rights, regardless of gender or sexual identity.

Cian: And as athletes, we believe that sport can play a vital role in creating an inclusive, healthy and happy world for everyone.

Lucas: This year, as every year, we have shed our clothes as a symbol of breaking down barriers, a demonstration of the contribution that sport can make to health and wellbeing [one or more guys flexes their guns, tenses their abs, etc], and as a reminder that we are all equals in this challenging journey called life.

Tom: So, President Elect Trump and Vice President Elect Pence, we’re sending you our world famous calendar. In it, as here, we stand naked in front of the world to do what we can to make a difference.

Cian: In turn, we call on you, and everyone else in positions of power, to stand before the world and show your commitment to equality, inclusion and human rights.

Lucas: And you don’t even have to get naked. We’ve already done that bit for you.


Warwick Rowers Defy YouTube Restriction

As some of your may know, YouTube has blocked our latest free promo video from being seen by anyone under 18.  Our boys, Tristan and Tom, along with our producer & photographer Angus Malcolm, were invited onto Sunrise, Australia’s most popular breakfast TV show, to discuss our shock and disappointment at YouTube’s decision.

After taking a very candid look at the video, the Sunrise hosts talked to Tom, Tristan and Angus about the challenges of shooting the calendar, its global popularity of the calendar and the importance of our mission to "show young people that team sport should be an inclusive place for everyone."

Angus made the point that it’s pretty difficult to get that message out to young people when YouTube is blocking them from seeing a video that Sunrise, by contrast, was happy to share with its family audience of all ages.

Since YouTube seems to be stuck in the Dark Ages, we’ve gone back to Vimeo.  That way, we can get on with the job of helping young LGBT people to come to terms with their identity in the healthiest possible way.

Sport Allies submits written evidence to official UK government inquiry into homophobia in sport.

Sport Allies today provided written evidence to a Commons Select Committee investigating homophobia in sport.  A previous inquiry into racism in football (soccer) had concluded that homophobia was emerging as a bigger problem than other forms of discrimination in sport, and this inquiry has been launched in response.

The committee has expressed particular interest in:

  • Looking at the experiences of gay sportsmen and sportswomen; what do these tell us about different sports and the progression of attitudes in general?
  • The approach of governance bodies throughout sport; how does homophobic abuse compare to other forms of harassment? How successful have governing bodies been in tackling this issue?
  • How is homophobia being tackled at school? What actions are taken by teachers and coaches involved in youth and amateur sport to ensure homophobia is challenged at any early stage?
  • Does football have a particular problem with homophobia in comparison to other sports?
  • Is homophobic abuse more of an issue in traditionally “masculine” sports? And looking specifically at the experience of women who play sport: is there more acceptance in the female game or is homophobia just as prevalent amongst women?
  • What effect has the advent of social media had on discrimination in sport, in general?

Sport Allies' submission has focused primarily on homophobia and the role of masculinity in excluding young people from sport in schools and other youth settings.

The Sport Allies submission can be downloaded at the link below.

Sport Allies DCMS Submission Final