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Warwick Rowers Strip Down Outside Westminster To Send Important Message About Equality To Trump

The boys have even sent the President-Elect a copy of their naked calendar.

16/12/2016 11:53 | Updated 16 December 2016

With seven years of naked charity calendars under their belts, the Warwick rowers have plenty of experience stripping off for a good cause. 

But the boys took it to the next level yesterday when they bared (almost) all outside of Westminster to send a message to Donald Trump urging for “equality, inclusion and human rights” in America. 

The world-famous rowers have been getting naked to tackle homophobia and gender inequality since 2009, with fans in 140 countries helping them to raise thousands for charity.  

Angus Malcolm Warwick Rowers
The team have been getting naked for charity since 2009 

According to The New Yorker, there was a huge surge in hate crimes in the US following Trump’s election in November, with more than 400 incidents reported in the days following the result. 

There have also been major concerns among the LGBTQ community that marriage equality could be overturned during Trump’s presidency. 

In reaction to this, the Warwick University athletes took to the chilly streets of London to urge the soon-to-be-President to promote inclusivity. 

“We are the Warwick rowers and this is Westminster, our country’s main seat of power,” the boys say as bemused passers-by look on. 

“It’s London, it’s December and it’s not warm. But we are here to deliver a message to the leadership team in the United States and to all leaders around the world. 

Angus Malcolm Warwick Rowers
A shot from the team's 2016 naked calendar 

“As straight allies we believe everyone should have the same human rights, regardless of gender or sexuality,” the nearly-nude rowers say in a video to the President-Elect. 

“This year, as every year, we have shed our clothes as a symbol to breaking down barriers, a demonstration of the contribution that sport can make to health and well being and as a reminder that we are all equals in this challenging journey called life.

“We call on you and everyone in a position of power to show your commitment to equality, inclusion and human rights.”  

The team have even sent Trump and Vice-President Elect Pence copies of their world-famous naked calendars to really get their point across. 

“You don’t even have to get naked - we have already done that bit for you,” the lads cheekily add.  

Warwick Rowers
Fans have applauded the boys for their bravery 

Fans have rushed to applaud the athletes for their video. One commenter wrote: “Well done lads. You, and all at Warwick Rowers are great ambassadors for rowing, sport and human rights. A great example to us all.

“Keep up the good work and try and find a warmer place next time. Always easier to, erm . . . . , ‘make a stand’ when when it’s warm,” the man joked. 

Another fan added: “You are all amazing. Thanks so much for making the world a better place.” 

The team has raised more than £70,000 for Sport Allies, an organisation founded to promote social inclusion through sport. To order your copy (and how could you resist?), visit warwickrowers.org.  

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