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Australian field hockey players get naked to fight homophobia in sports

The Perth Pythons’ calendar includes straight allies.

​Dyland Wotherspoon is an Australian field hockey player.

Dylan Wotherspoon is an accomplished field hockey player in a sport popular in Australia. One recent chilly morning at a nude beach in Perth, he got naked for a good cause,

Wotherspoon was among elite-level Australian field hockey players, including men, women and straight allies, who got nude for a calendar benefiting the Perth Pythons LGBT hockey club. He is Mr. December.

“Homophobia has no place in sport,” Wortherspoon. 24, said. “As an Australian hockey player, I'm proud to support this project. Your sexuality does not define your skill or commitment — and yet homophobia stops many LGBTI people from participating in sport. Sport should be inclusive for everyone."

The Pythons laid out the reason behind the calendar, which costs a little less than $20.

“Everyone can play. 85% of people have witnessed or experienced homophobia in a sporting environment. We want to change that. So we faced our fears and had a bit of fun making a nude calendar to show that anyone can play hockey."

It’s a fun way to raise awareness for a good cause. You can order the calendar here.

Images from the Perth Pythons calendar.