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Designer Kristof Buntinx was skimming through Facebook when he first heard of the Russian government’s public stance against the gay community. At first, he didn’t think much of it, taking on a “to each his own” mentality. But, then, he started seeing videos of people getting beaten because of their orientation. “If you do not like the fact that I am homosexual, I can learn to live with it. But to humiliate, attack and torture people is really going too far,” he wrote on his website about feeling disgusted at what he was seeing.
Instead of sitting around, Buntinx was stirred to action. With his graphic designer, he began work on a line of boxers that would act as a protest statement. Now complete, the boxers are being featured in photos by Herman Van Gestel for a gay themed calendar. The calendar features models Buntinx found on Facebook who accepted no funds for their work. They just wanted the opportunity to stand up for the cause against Russia’s antigay laws.
The boxers are currently available at kristofbuntinx.com, but the calendar won’t be available until after its launch party on September 28 at The Dominican Hotel. The calendar will be available in Dutch, English, and Russian.
All in all, Buntinx doesn’t wish to stir riots. He just wants to create clothing that will keep people strong in who they are. “It is truly a quiet revolution. Just imagine that you live in Russia where you cannot be gay, but under your clothing you are still able to wear a pair of protest shorts. Is that not a nice thought,” he said.
Check out the BTS video from the calendar shoot below. Do you agree with this quiet revolution? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @underwearexpert.
Photo Credit: Herman Van Gestel
Video Credit:TV Brussel