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Straight Dutch TV Hosts Go At It On Cover Of Gay Magazine

"It’s just two men on a picture," says Jan Versteegh, who got intimate with Tim Hofman.

Two Dutch television presenters appear in a steamy naked embrace on the cover of a new gay magazine—but both men are straight.

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Jan Versteegh and Tim Hofman, popular TV personalities in the Netherlands, say they posed for L’Homo because they want to challenge how society viewed masculinity and start a frank dialogue about homosexuality.

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“I think we have done this for more open discussion of [homosexuality] than we necessarily want to be in a sheet with our bare ass,” says Hofman. “That’s nice, but secondary.’

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“I hope we can show people that it’s just two men on a picture,” added Versteegh.

The Dutch are notoriously more progressive about sex and homosexuality, having legalized same-sex sexual activity in 1811.

VANDAAG DE L'HOMO IN DE WINKEL HIER BACKSTAGE MATERIAAL EINDE BERICHT.

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But are Versteegh and Hofman really taking a stand or capitalizing on a gay moment in pop culture? There’s a whole demographic of Dutch women who would love nothing more than to see these two morning hosts turned into lust objects.

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And L’Homo is an offshoot of Linda, a ladies’ magazine.

Zo. De bips van @debroervanroos. En nu meer liefde! #blijfkussen

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We’re gonna have to pore over the issue v-e-r-r-r-y closely to make a decision. In the meantime, here’s a behind-the-scenes video.
 

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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