Britain Boys Bare All for National AIDS Trust
BY Kevin Okeeffe
April 15 2014 4:00 AM ET
British men certainly know how to raise funds — and eyebrows — with what some might call a bare minimum of effort. Gay Times, the United Kingdom’s oldest LGBT magazine, has put together its latest Naked Issue, a tradition started in 2010.
The issue is exactly what it sounds like: It features some of the U.K.’s sexiest guys stripping down and showing off their assets. But there’s no need to feel guilty about enjoying the view—proceeds from the magazine and the related online image downloads go to Britain’s National AIDS Trust.
“We took a decision early on that the Naked Issues should actually benefit the charities involved,” says Gay Times editor Darren Scott. “All too often, you read that these kind of shoots are ‘in support of’ or ‘to raise awareness for’ a certain charity, though no actual funds are raised.”
This year’s edition features 36 men in all, including reality stars such as Christopher Maloney from The X Factor, Robin Windsor from Strictly Come Dancing, plus other celebrities like singer Jake Quickenden and potentially surprising picks like cage fighter Alex Reid. The list of men involved comes from an initial, longer list put together by the magazine’s editors.