Gay Rugby League Hits The Locker Room For “Meat” Magazine

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The hunky dudes of the London-based Kings Cross Steelers, the world’s first ever gay-inclusive rugby union, are marking their 20th anniversary with a steamy new book shot by Meat magazine founder Adrian Lourie.

A champion for body positivity, Lourie prides himself on working with subjects that don’t fit the stereotypical standard, and launched Meat in 2010 because he was “tired of the body shaming that goes on within the gay community.”

That’s why his collaboration with the Kings Cross Steelers made “perfect sense,” Lourie told Gay Times.

For “Meat The Kings Cross Steelers,” he shot 29 men of the team’s 200 in a no-frills locker room series that has the guys stripping out of their sweaty uniforms and down to their remarkably “ordinary” birthday suits.

“Despite so much progress over the last 20 years, it can still be very difficult to be an out gay man, made even more so by a lot of unhelpful noise around how to be, act or look within the community,” said Alex Smith, team Chairman. “That’s why I’m proud that the Kings Cross Steelers have partnered with Meat Magazine to help show that anyone can be a pin-up by simply being yourself.”

“For two decades, our club has helped hundreds of men – big, small, gay or straight – realize the great maxim about rugby: that it is a game for people of all shapes and sizes – truly a sport for everyone.”

Half of all proceeds from “Meat The Kings Cross Steelers” will benefit the team, which is traveling to Nashville next month to compete against an International roster of gay-inclusive rugby leagues at the Bingham Cup. You can pick up your copy today at!

Check out more from the magazine below, including some titillating behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot:

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Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.