John M. Becker

Let These Sexy Models Tell You How to Have Olympic Pride

Filed By John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Brandon Brown, Colby Melvin, Olympics, pride, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, shirtless men, Sochi, Sochi 2014, underwear models

olympic-pride-house-bars-sochi.jpgRussian President Vladimir Putin and his notoriously anti-LGBT government have put our community in quite a pinch this Olympiad. See, we love the Olympics -- the spectacle, the drama, the glory of sport -- but we despise bigotry, and our hearts break over what our LGBT siblings in Russia are being put through.

Thankfully, the Russia Freedom Fund -- a grant-making consortium of Russian activists and philanthropic groups including the Arcus Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Council for Global Equality, International Lesbian and Gay Association-Europe -- came up with a creative way to help.

At this year's Olympic Games, the Russian government has forbidden the establishment of a Pride House in Sochi. So the Russia Freedom Fund decided to ask bars, restaurants, and clubs across the United States to be Pride Houses in solidarity with the LGBT community this Friday, February 7 -- the same date as the Sochi Opening Ceremonies. $1 from every drink sold between 9 p.m. and midnight Friday will be donated to the Russia Freedom Fund.

After the jump, underwear models Colby Melvin and Brandon Brown explain the concept in a YouTube video. And just to make sure you give them your full attention, they strip down to their skivvies. Enjoy!

Check out a list of participating Pride Houses here and RSVP on Facebook here. If there isn't a participating venue in your city but you'd still like to donate to the Russia Freedom Fund, click here.

h/t: Queerty

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