The world’s sexiest male twins


the world's sexiest male twins

When it comes to attractive and sexy looks, two is always better than one right? Today CheapUndies celebrates twins with a series of hand picked photos. Whether they’re identical or fraternal, these hotties will have you seeing in double-vision! Only about 1 in 90 pregnancies result in twins being born, making them something truly unique and special! As you can see from the mirrored good looks featured below, these brethren share more than just a remarkable genetic makeup. Enjoy!

#12. Collins Twins

These identical twins have a very boy next door look, but are currently living in New York City. 


#11. Alex and Charlie Kotze

These twin brothers are young farmers from Vredendal in the Western Cape of South Africa. They want to become professional fitness models & lifestyle coaches. Currently they farm grapes and vegetables with their dad and love being fit and healthy! 


#10. Travis and Troy Cannata

These two are identical twins. Born 11 minutes apart and say they have been completely inseparable throughout their entire lives!


#9. The Norris Twins

These brothers are from London and have already been featured in major fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Essential Homme Magazine, Attitude Magazine, and HUF Magazine.


#8. Guerra Twins

These brothers are known for their playful personalities and their boyish charm.


#7. Patriota Twins

These Brazilian twins are know for their risque and even controversial photo shoots.  Some people feel that brothers kissing is a little too much brotherly love.

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#6. Haydemguerra

These two are worth mentioning twice!


#5. Rubin and Dreval

These brothers are models, but they are body builders competing across the world!


#4. Sampaio Twins

Jonathan and Kevin were born in France. They moved to Portugal at the age of five.
They were discovered at school when their teacher decided to send a picture of them to their mother agency Central Models.  Their first steps on the catwalk were for Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2 and Versace.  They also walked for other famous brands such as D&G, Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Trussardi, Iceberg, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Vivienne Westwood, Neil Barrett, Carlo Pignatelli, Salvator Ferragamo,Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior Hommes, Kris Van Ache, Givenchy, Kenzo, Rykiel Hommes, Paul and Joe, John Galliano, Emanuel Ungaro, Alexis Mabille, Gant and Perry Ellis.


#3. Jorge and Jariel Naranjo

These Cuban twins moved to Miami, Florida to model full time, but recently changed paths and moved to Arizona!  They are Triathletes preparing for the Olympics!


#2. The Nicpletts Twins

These identical twins grew up in Durban and recently made the move to Cape Town, South Africa. They are both all about sports, keeping fit, the beach and their family.   They are also both in the final semester to get their bachelor of accounting degrees.


#1. Bryantwood1

The only thing that could be better than the ten sets of twins above?  Triplets!  The Wood triplets are from Texas where two of the brothers (left and right) are body builders and Bryant (middle) is a model in Los Angeles.  You can catch Bryant on the current season of America’s Next Top Model!


The Gay Pride festival in Uganda this weekend defied local law and taboo

Members of the Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community celebrated their fourth annual Pride Uganda festival this weekend, defying strict laws criminalizing homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail.


Pride and joy in a time of fear (Katie G. Nelson)

Crowds of gay and transgender Ugandans traveled to the shores of Lake Victoria on Saturday to walk in the festival’s gay pride parade, which was held at a secluded botanical garden 30 miles outside the nation’s capitol of Kampala.

Dozens of gay rights activists and allies marched, chanted and danced in the small parade, many waving rainbow flags and wearing colorful masks to conceal their identities.


Pride and joy in a time of fear (Katie G. Nelson)

Saturday’s celebration was part of the five-day Pride Uganda festival, which provided a rare occasion for members of the LGBT community to gather together openly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Ugandans.

Many LGBT Ugandans are forced to keep their identities secret, as same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 14 years in prison in the country. That sentence is a step down from a recently scrapped bill that called for life imprisonment for homosexuality.


Pride and joy in a time of fear (Katie G. Nelson)

Pride Uganda coordinators Apako Williams and Jay Mulucha are among the few transgender men living openly in Uganda, despite frequent threats of violence and discrimination.

Mulucha attended inaugural Pride Uganda festival in 2012, which was marred by a police raid and the arrests of more than a dozen gay rights activists.

“It scared me,” Mulucha said. “But, I thought, ‘this is the time to show people that we exist.’”


Since then, Williams said he’s felt a cultural shift in Uganda, one that is more accepting of the LGBT community.

“I think the world is shifting. Slowly Ugandans and the Ugandan gay rights movement is changing,” he said. “I see the future is bright.”

But Badru, a young, thin man from Uganda’s capital of Kampala, sees his future much less promising.

The youngest of 20 brothers and sisters, Badru was thrown out of his home because his family discovered he was gay.

Homeless, unemployed and born HIV positive, Badru said he has nothing to celebrate about at Pride Uganda.

“Today is rights day but I don’t know what I should be celebrating about when I have so many difficulties,” he said. “Pride is meaningless to me.”

While the annual Uganda Pride festival provides members of the LGBT community to celebrate their identities together, the five-day festival seems quietly clouded by the other 360 days of the year.

Still, many LGBT Ugandans expressed their desire to live as authentically as possible, despite the almost daily threats of homophobic-based violence.

For Nash Wash, hiding his identity as a transgender-man is no longer an option. It’s simply how he was born and he can’t change that, Wash said.

“No matter what, it’s always in you,” he said. “I’m really proud of who I am.”

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By The Sword Preview


Mackenzie Pearson penned an article titled “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod” in March, and suddenly every man without a six pack got a little bump in self-esteem. Our friends over at Queerty filled in the blanks with nine other body types but here at The Sword, we are bringing them to you naked.

The Dad Bod – Colby Jensen


The Dad Bod – Colby Jensen: In the word of the original coiner of the phrase, the Dad Bod is “is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.” In other words, bear-lite but not necessarily lite beer.

The Lumbersexual – Jaxton Wheeler


The Lumbersexual – Jaxton Wheeler: A muscular man who likes feels the need to hold on to some outdoor based ruggedness, thus opting to maintain a neatly-trimmed beard while often sporting unruly locks.

The Twink – Troy Accola


The Twink – Troy Accola: Tender morsels under the age of 22 or so, slender, with little to no body or facial hair.

The Twunk – Sebastian Hook


The Twunk – Sebastian Hook: Similar to a twink but one that puts their phone down long enough to build some decent muscle … and maybe a tad older.

The Bear – Jesse Jackman

The Bear – Jesse Jackman: The modern ‘Daddy Bear’ isn’t your Daddy’s bear. He’s still larger, very stereotypically masculine; must be over the age of 35 but the bellies have been donated to the ‘Dad Bods’ in favor of hairy abs.

The Cub – Derek Atlas

The Cub – Derek Atlas: With potential for major follicle growth, think of it has the hibernation period before turning 35 and becoming a Bear

The Spornosexual – Topher Di Maggio

The Spornosexual – Topher Di Maggio: Good-looking, sex- and body-obsessed with a high disposable income and who lives in an urban area; the 21st century version of a metrosexual.

The Otter – Jimmy Fanz

The Otter – Jimmy Fanz Thin or athletic, medium build, and hairy; a stepping stone to being part of the larger bear community and an aversion to self-manscaping.

The Wolf – Tommy Defendi

The Wolf – Tommy Defendi: Hairy or semi-hairy, lean, muscular, attractive, and sexually aggressive and/or dominant; usually has facial hair.

The Geek – Will Braun

The Geek – Will Braun: Attractive, brainy, with a potential to be wonkish and who doesn’t fit neatly into the aforementioned categories.

WATCH: Black pastor rips hypocritical churches for doing to gay people ‘what slavemasters did to us’

This article is from RAWSTORY

A Georgia pastor is making waves after being caught on video unloading on what he called the hypocrisy of condemning LGBT people by Christian churches.

Pastor E. Dewey Smith

Pastor E. Dewey Smith (Screenshot/YouTube)

Pastor E. Dewey Smith of the House of Hope, Greater Travelers Rest church in Decatur gave an impassioned sermon, posted to YouTube on Thursday, in which he slammed church leaders for judging gay people but “you change wives like we change underwear.”

 “‘These folks are an abomination, they are nasty,’ tell you what you do then. Go find every song that’s been written by a gay person for the last 100 years and don’t sing it in church,” he said, as the church congregation cheered him on. “Let’s see how many songs you can minister on that Sunday.”

He went on to criticize the habit of picking and choosing which parts of the Bible to adhere to, based on what is socially advantageous or convenient, but ignore it when it gets in the way of business.

“We demonize and dehumanize the same people that we use and we don’t say nothing about the gay choir director because he’s good for business” Smith said. “As long as the choir sound good, I ain’t saying nothing about his sexuality. We have done what the slave master did to us. Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage.”

Watch Smith’s sermon here, via DP People’s YouTube page:

Incredibly Sexy Photos Of Veterans Shatter All Kinds Of Stereotypes

LA-based fitness photographer Michael Stokes is putting a different spin on how wounded veterans are depicted. He’s raising money on Kickstarter for a book called “Always Loyal” that features stunning photos of 14 U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans of the Iraq War, Gulf War, and War in Afghanistan. 

Stokes told The Huffington Post that an interaction about two years ago with a veteran wounded in Afghanistan inspired the idea for his new book

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“I met this veteran, Alex Minsky, and talked to him about different approaches to a portrait session,” said Stokes. “I had already studied as many amputee photos that I could find. I noticed that most of them emphasized the lost limb, and that the mood was often sorrowful. That was not the vibe I was getting from him, so I decided to simply photograph him as if he were not an amputee, photograph him exactly the same way I would any of my fitness models.”

The result? Minsky found fame as a model, and a new passion was born for Stokes. The photographer has so far raised more than $260,000 on Kickstarter for his two books, well above the goal of $48,250. One, called “Exhibition,” features fitness models as well as veterans, while “Always Loyal” — titled after the English translation of the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” — features 14 vets.

“Some people will say to me ’Oh, this is really helpful to [the veterans’] self-esteem,’ or, ’You’re making them feel like men again,’” Stokes told MTV. “…The response I have to that is that these guys have come to me very healed and ready to take the world on. I’m not giving them back their confidence. They already have it.

Scroll through more of Stokes’ photos below and check out his Kickstarter andFacebook pages.

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Angela Merkel says gay couples shouldn’t be allowed to call their unions ‘marriage’.


Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel:”Marriage is a man and a woman living together”

The German chancellor is in a bit of hot water at the moment, after angering the majority of Greece with an even tougher debt repayment plan she’s now taking a shot at same-sex marriage.
Speaking to German YouTuber Florian Mundt she was asked for her opinions on marriage equality: “I’m someone who is very supportive of us eliminating all discrimination” she replied, going on to say: “We have come a long way; when I remember, 25 years ago, many people didn’t dare to say that they are gay or lesbian. Luckily we overcame this; you can enter a partnership, a civil partnership.”

She didn’t stop there: “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships.”

When pushed to explain why she takes this view the chancellor said: “I support us not discriminating against them when it comes to taxes, and to remove any other discrimination wherever we may find it.

Florian jumped on this rather confusing sentiment asking: “So you could say: no to discrimination, but we’ll keep differentiating between the two”

Merkel replied: “No discrimination” and “Marriage is a man and a woman living together.”

Confused? So are we. .

11 Legendary Gay And Lesbian Love Affairs From The Ancient World


The romances of the ancient world weren’t all tales of straight love. The annals of the past are filled with stories of bi-sexual, homosexual, and other variations on open-minded relationships and passionate love affairs.

The Poet Sappho And Her Lovers

The Poet Sappho And Her Lovers

The very words for girl-on-girl romance date back to the renowned poet Sappho from the island of Lesbos. Her literary influence and focus on the beauty of romance in all forms between all combinations of genders eventually resulted in the terms “sapphic” and “lesbian.”

Sappho herself was most likely bi-sexual. The few surviving fragments of her lauded poetry describe her attraction to both sexes. Her interest in the ladies has always been the focus of her legend however, eventually building into tales of an all-girls finishing school hosted by Sappho on her island. But Sappho also had a daughter named Cleïs by an unknown male lover.

The Athenian Heroes Harmodius And Aristogeiton

The Athenian Heroes Harmodius And Aristogeiton

Sixth century Athens was freed from a dictatorship courtesy of one gay love affair gone awry and another so committed, they’d kill for eachother.

The Athenian dictator’s brother and primary adviser Hipparchus were madly in love with Athenian playboy Harmodius. But Harmodius and his best friend Aristogeiton were already an item, so Hipparchus’ love went unrequited. Furious at being turned down, Hipparchus had Harmodius’ sister raped and Harmodius’ family disgraced. Harmodius and Aristogeiton assassinated Hipparchus in revenge, paving the way towards the downfall of his tyrannical family and its rule over Athens.

Alexander The Great And His General Hephaestion

Alexander The Great And His General Hephaestion

Alexander The Great and Hephaestion were inseparable best friends and lovers. They were educated together under the philosopher Aristotle and were trained together as warriors. When the young prince Alexander set out on his first adventures, Hephaestion was the chief of his body guards. As Alexander started accruing the pieces of his Empire, Hephaestion’s role transitioned. He became Alexander’s second in command, general and primary adviser. They even married a pair of sisters to further enhance their bond and stay together.

When Hephaestion was killed in battle, Alexander’s grief knew no bounds. He petitioned for Hephaestion to be granted divine status, installing his beloved in the ranks of the gods.

The Emperor Hadrian And Antinous Pius

The Emperor Hadrian And Antinous Pius

The worship of Hephaestion’s didn’t catch on. But the religion the Roman Emperor Hadrian set up for his male lover, Antinous, did.

Hadrian and his Greek boyfriend Antinous were constant companions on the Emperor’s decade long travels around the Roman Empire. When he died during a voyage on the Nile, Hadrian immediately had him deified and set up an organized cult to specifically worship him. They spread his worship throughout the eastern half of the Empire.

The Philosophers Socrates And Plato Ancient Greek Fresco

The Philosophers Socrates And Plato Ancient Greek Fresco

Open sexuality between both genders and disparate generations were a basic component of Socratic philosophy and the symposium in Athens where Socrates and his student Plato lectured.

Though it’s unclear if they had a thing for each other, Socrates and Plato both definitely had same-sex relations with others throughout their lives. Socrates most infamously wrote of his attraction to the youth Charmides and was later executed for his open love and open access education policies. Socrates death scared Plato straight. Plato’s later works and stances on homosexuality are remarkably different and a teensy bit homophobic compared to his earlier interests.

The Poet Agathon And Pausanias

The Poet Agathon And Pausanias

Agathon was Athen’s most infamous cross-dresser. The historically gorgeous Agathon typically appeared at the Athenian symposium in female dress, wowing the philosophers and playwrights into namedropping him into almost all of the literary art that came out of late fifth century Athens. He’s mentioned in everything from Plato’s “Symposium” to the plays of Aristophanes.

Always at his side was his quieter lover, the mysterious Athenian youth Agathon.

The Poet Virgil And Emperor Augustus

The Poet Virgil And Emperor Augustus

The poet Virgil wrote several philosophic treatises on homosexual love, but his greatest romantic work wasn’t as abstract. He penned the epic action saga of the Trojan hero Aeneas in honor of his patron and unrequited beloved, the first Roman Emperor Augustus.

Yes. That’s right. One of the greatest pieces of Western literature ever written is basically a lengthy love poem from an out of the closet man to his historically hetero friend. Virgil actually died before his masterpiece was finished, leaving behind the last wish that it be burned. Augustus overruled Virgil’s wishes and had it published anyhow.

The Legendary Warriors Achilles And Patroclus

The Legendary Warriors Achilles And Patroclus

The mortal homosexual love of the day was mirrored in the myths of ancient Greek and Roman gods and heroes. Often one of the ways historians have been able to identify the nuances of these subtle relationships between the real men and women of the past is through the then-contemporary comparison between the historical couple and mythological affairs.

Alexander and Hephaestion routinely compare themselves to the ancient Greek warrior heroes, best friends, and lovers Achilles and Patroclus. Tragically, the ancient Homeric legend mirrored the historic one. Patroclus died before Achilles, just as Hephaestion died before Alexander.

The Hero Hercules And His Sidekick Iolaus

The Hero Hercules And His Sidekick Iolaus

Though the ’90s television show downplayed the relationship between its main characters, the legendary hero Hercules and his sidekick Iolaus were a lot more than just friends.

Iolaus was Hercules’ nephew and lover. Iolaus was actually the de facto god of gay couples in certain Greek city-states. The city of Thebes even had a special shrine in his honor where male couples could leave offerings to their patron.

The God Zeus And Youth Ganymede

The God Zeus And Youth Ganymede

The ancient Greco-Roman pantheon is filled with tales of LGBTQ romance. Few, if any, of the gods were “straight.”

Zeus, the king of the gods, didn’t just like guys and girls, he specifically liked them to be quite young. His interest mirrored the social customs of ancient Greece and Rome whereby older men had younger boys as sexual companions. Zeus’ longest lasting affair in Greek mythology is with the Trojan prince Ganymede. Zeus kidnapped the beautiful youth in the form of an eagle and kept him in his home on Mount Olympus as his eternal cabana boy and “cup-bearer.”

The Goddess Artemis And Nymph Callisto

he Goddess Artemis And Nymph Callisto

The nymph Callisto left behind a human princess-ship, vowing never to sleep with men as part of the pledge that sealed her to the roving forest court of nymphs and the bi-sexual goddess Artemis.

Artemis’ father, Zeus, was able to use her set-up to seduce several of Artemis’ girlfriends, including Callisto. Disguised as Artemis, Zeus slept with the unsuspecting Callisto, leaving her pregnant and in disgrace with the real Artemis. Zeus’ jealous wife Hera exasperated Callisto’s plight by turning her into a bear. When Callisto and Zeus’ human son Arcas inadvertantly killed her while hunting, Zeus turned them both into constellations in memorium to one of the most convoluted affairs in mythological history.

Conchita Wurst: ‘I used to go to kindergarten in a skirt’

The singer, 26, on the beauty of beards, winning Eurovision, and meeting Karl Lagerfeld

Singer Conchita Wurst

‘There’s a big difference between when I’m Tom and when I’m Conchita’: singer Conchita Wurst. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer

People only look at my beard for a moment. Then it melts away and it’s just another part of me. It’s like the most natural thing, that this is what a bearded lady looks like. It’s beautiful to see.

Looks have nothing to do with character. I could be the most beautiful drag queen in the world and the most evil witch of a person. Winning Eurovision [in 2014] or meeting Ban Ki-moon – I believe those things would probably have happened regardless of whether I’d done them as Thomas Neuwirth or Conchita Wurst, because I have the same heart.

I don’t fulfil the assumptions made of a mainstream drag queen. People say they’re confused by how calm and quiet I am. When I created Conchita I thought there were expectations of me and I was very loud, and I had this bitchiness that some drag artists have, which I think is hilarious, but it wasn’t me. I realised it’s fine to be another type of drag queen.

There’s a big difference between when I’m Tom and when I’m Conchita. Conchita uses very proper German; Tom talks in an Austrian dialect. Conchita gets mad if she is kept waiting; Tom is lazy.

I am happy being a man in a dress. Some people get confused and think I’m a trans woman, but I’m strict about the difference. What I do is performance, it’s staged, it’s glamour – it’s not real life. But for trans people, being born in the wrong body – there’s nothing glamorous or easy about that.

We spend our adult lives getting rid of our teenage insecurities. I got called so many hurtful names as a teenager, all because of my feelings [for men] – I thought that there was something wrong with me. But once I learned to say, “I am gay, whatever”, nobody could hurt me. I mean, conchita is a sexy lady in Spanish.Wurst is a term in German-speaking areas for “I don’t care” and “It’s not important”.

I was actually a very confident little kid. I would go to kindergarten in a skirt. I don’t remember how the other children reacted. My mum says she would wait around after dropping me off because she expected everyone would laugh, but I never came back out.

I wouldn’t dare call him my friend, but I love seeing Jean Paul Gaultier. He was the first famous person to give me any recognition. For Eurovision, he voted for me 73 times.

Of course I want a Grammy, I’m a musician. I don’t know if I’ll ever get one, but I need it as a goal. Maybe what I receive on the path there will be better than any Grammy.

Everything I say is just my opinion. I made myself a promise that I will always speak out for what I think is right. So it’s really unbelievable when people say that I inspire them. It’s a huge honour, but I’m just being me.

My grandmother always smelt of menthol. And when I met Karl Lagerfeld, he smelt exactly the same. It made me feel cosy and at home.

Being Conchita: We are Unstoppable by Conchita Wurst (£9.99) is published by John Blake

Comment: Why polyamorous marriages are the next step to equality

Polyamorous activist and writer Redfern Jon Barrett writes for PinkNews on the need for legal recognition of relationships including three or more people.

Redfern Jon Barrett Headshot

Redfern Jon Barrett is an polyamorous activist

In March I submitted the following question to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett for the Pink News Q&A:

“At present those in a ‘trio’ (a three-way relationship) are denied marriage equality, and as a result face a considerable amount of legal discrimination. As someone living with his two boyfriends in a stable long-term relationship, I would like to know what your stance is on polyamory rights. Is there room for Green support on group civil partnerships or marriages?”

Bennett’s response this weekend that she is ‘open’ to discussion on the topic has since made national news, with the BBC, Independent, Buzzfeed, Telegraph, and even the Daily Mail picking up on the story. It has been met by both sympathy and outrage: as I write thisa Metro poll shows public support for polyamorous unions to be at 42%, the Mirror at 52%, whereas fundamentalist Christians have (predictably) announced it as a sign of the end times. Regardless of the response, it is the first time the prospect of legal polyamorous unions has been discussed by leading politicians and the mainstream press.

As a polyamorous activist and author, it’s an issue I’m very familiar with, and for me and my family, it’s one which affects many aspects of our lives. Our trio is happy and stable, but lacking basic legal protections the home we have built together could easily come under threat—unconventional families face discrimination in employment, services, and housing. If one of the men I love and have built my life with were to fall ill, I would have no right to visit him in hospital.

At the centre of the issue lies a fundamental inequality: monogamous relationships have legal rights and protections whilst nonmonogamous ones do not. Yet we have the opportunity for a straightforward solution: why not take the now-defunct concept of civil partnerships, and open them to polyamorous households? Each registered family would receive the same partnership rights as any other form of union, and be subject to the same obligations. Most importantly, it would provide legal recognition and protection to the increasing number of alternative households in Britain today.

For many this seems like a radical concept, and perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the arguments against it closely mirror those against same-sex relationships in general: that we’re unnatural, that our relationships are unstable and unhealthy (of course leading to incest and bestiality), even that our love will invoke the wrath of a furious God. Simply replace ‘same-sex’ with ‘polyamorous’, and the whole debate looks painfully familiar.

In fact, LGBT communities have a long history of polyamory—one dating all the way back to Lord Byron and the Shelleys, continuing through to Harvey Milk and the Radical Faeries. A 2006 studyshowed that 28% of lesbians, a third of bisexuals, and almost two thirds of gay men are open to nonmonogamous relationships. As any polyamorous bond will automatically involve at least two men or two women, all feature some form of same-sex relationship. Polyamorous families are queer families.

At the same time, the arguments in favour of marriage for same-sex couples also apply to trios. Parents should not face losing custody of their children because they’re in a nonmonogamous relationship. Families shouldn’t risk losing their home because inheritance rights favour ‘traditional’ couples. No-one should suffer being barred from their partner’s funeral because their love isn’t recognised.

All loving, adult relationships are valid. As has often been argued during the long struggle for marriage rights, none of us choose whom we fall in love with. Our only choice lies in whether we stand up to discrimination, or ignore it. Gay or straight, lesbian or bi, monogamous or polyamorous, all of us deserve to live and love equally to one another. All of us deserve recognition under the law.

Yes, this will be a battle, but we’ve battled before. Yes, it seems a long way away, but twenty years ago the prospect of two husbands or two wives legally wedding one another seemed equally remote. Each new generation grows more open-minded, tolerant, and accepting than the one before, and I believe that we are sympathetic and capable enough to provide the legal protections polyamorous families need.

Right now we have a historic opportunity to ensure that equality is for all of us. Love is love, regardless of how many share it. A family is a family, whether it has two members or five. In the end, monogamous or not, all LGBT people deserve equal rights—and if the past decades have proved nothing else, it’s that we are very good at fighting for them.

Redfern Jon Barrett is a polyamorous activist and writer with a doctorate in queer theory. His novel The Giddy Death of the Gays and the Strange Demise of Straights is being published with Lethe Press, scheduled for release this June. More information about his work is available at

As with all comment, this does not necessarily reflect the views of PinkNews.

How a Holocaust symbol inspired the naming of PinkNews

PinkNews Chief Executive Benjamin Cohen explains the origin behind our name and calls for a national memorial to the LGBT victims of Nazi persecution to be built.

This is why we are called PinkNews


This year sees the tenth birthday of PinkNews. Ten years, we hope, of breaking news that matters and changing perceptions of LGBT media. But for the first time, ten years on, I’ve been asked to justify why we are called PinkNews.

In part, questions arose when the Independent on Sunday renamed its long standing list of LGBT people – who it says influences British life – from the Pink List to the Rainbow List. Its curator Katy Guest wrote: “A rainbow is more inclusive, less old-fashioned and far less like the ‘girls’ aisle in a toyshop, we hope.

Paris Lees, who topped the final Pink List before the rebrand, defended the change in name writing in Attitude: “Pink, in case you hadn’t noticed, is supposed to be for girls… The idea that the gay community can be neatly summed up by the word pink, as in Pink Pound, suggests that it’s just a bunch of effeminate men.”

These statements go beyond simply perpetuating the damaging stereotype that pink is associated with girls. Pink after all, used to be a colour associated with boys. Just like the word gay, its meaning has changed. Gay used to be used to describe a ladies man. ‘Gay women’ were prostitutes in the 17th century.

But that’s not what made me upset.

The real issue that I have is that both Katy Guest and Paris Lees completely missed why pink matters to our community. The reason why many LGBT organisations like PinkNews are so named has nothing to do with the supposed campness of gay men, nor an alleged tendency to like girly products, and everything to do with the Holocaust, which ended with the liberation of Auschwitz, 70 years ago today.

The story of the pink triangle, which the Nazis forced gay men to wear, can never be told enough, and I feel bad that we perhaps don’t tell it enough ourselves in gay media. Thousands of gay men lost their lives in the Nazi persecution, which began for them with being forced to wear a pink triangle to mark them out from other enemies of the fascist state.

For us at PinkNews, calling ourselves ‘pink’ anything is an act of reclamation of a colour previously used by our enemies as an insult. It’s no different really from the way that queer has been reclaimed by some of the community more recently, from a term of abuse by homophobes to a word of pride.

We take pride in the fact that the colour associated with the most shocking and devastating act of persecution of gay people is now associated with what we believe to be a force for good. Our mission has always been to stand as a watchdog, highlighting injustice and exposing wrong doing. In a sense, our very existence stands to try and prevent history repeating itself, something that will always be harder to happen while there is strong and authoritative LGBT media.

For everyone who works at PinkNews in the UK or in the US whether they are gay, straight, bisexual or trans, the word pink has a special meaning. It reminds us constantly through every word typed on, every email sent to a PinkNews email address and every time the phone is answered why we as an organisation must exist. We take pride, that realise it or not, this symbol is shown to the five to six million people from around the world who visit PinkNews each and every month.

Keeping the pink flag flying as an act of remembrance to the persecution of gay people by the Nazis matters now more than ever. In 2012, the last gay survivor of the concentration camps, Gad Beck died. We owe it to his memory to constantly be telling the story of the Holocaust.

Last year, the Prime Minister announced the formation of the Holocaust Commission with a mission to create a permanent memorial to the Holocaust in Britain and increase the level of awareness of this important part of modern history. It’s incumbent for the commission to ensure that the persecution of gay people is included in the memorial, perhaps with the inclusion of the pink triangle.

I am pleased that the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, following a call from PinkNews, has become the first party leader to back the symbols of gay oppression to be included in the National Holocaust Memorial. Today he told PinkNews: “The symbol of the pink triangle, once intended as a badge of shame, today stands as an international symbol of freedom and pride. From the dark shadow of history rises a neon emblem of diversity and hope.

“Any memorial remembering the Holocaust should recognise the persecution of non-Jewish victims whilst maintaining the centrality of the six million murdered Jews.”

If this happens, and there is every indication that it is possible, Britain would join Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Australia and the US with a permanent memorial to the Nazi’s crimes against gay people and a reminder that it must never happen again. Here, or anywhere in the world.

Benjamin Cohen is the Chief Executive of PinkNews. A version of this article first appeared in this month’s GT (Gay Times) where Benjamin writes a monthly column on politics and current affairs. The edition featuring this column is in good retailers now.