Red hot Canadian World champion and 2016 Olympic pole vaulter Shawn Barber came out as gay in a Facebook post last night, writing that he is “Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and i love you too!”
Very few male athletes of Barber’s stature have come out publicly as gay; there have still only been a handful of men to come out during their playing careers in the four major North American sports leagues. American marathoner Matt Llano is one of the few openly gay track and field athletes currently on the circuit. Outsports wrote today that “Barber instantly becomes one of the highest-profile and most successful current openly gay athletes anywhere in the world.”
The Canadian Olympic Committee told Outsports that Barber’s Facebook had not been hacked. Barber, 22, is one of the best vaulters in the world and the best Canadian vaulter ever. He holds the Canadian indoor and outdoor records at 6.00 meters (19-8.25) and 5.93m (19-5.5), respectively. In 2015, Barber broke the NCAA indoor record in the pole vault and went on to win the IAAF World Championship in Beijing.
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The RED HOT exhibition recently ran at The Gallery in London and highlighted the sexiness of redheaded men and re-branded the negative ginger male stereotype.
In the UK and throughout the world, being ginger and male comes with many stigmas attached. Many are bullied at school and for some, even later in life.
As far as I can see, no one has focused (or noticed) the huge, polarized gap between the way our society perceives red headed women (often the ultimate woman – think Jessica Rabbit) and red headed males (often emasculated and de-sexualized in film and TV – no Hollywood heroes – no leading men).
No other hair color has this level of gender inequality in any society, and RED HOT holds a mirror up to the pre-conceived limitations we put on the red headed males.
“Guys with red hair don’t have the positive role models that girls do in our culture. A male with red hair is not seen as aspirational, culturally speaking, with very few leading men, heroes, action stars or heartthrobs played by men with red hair in Hollywood or on our TV screens. Also the more laddish culture of banter – that maybe is not so prevalent in female friendship circles – creates a fear of speaking out based on the concept of ‘it was just a joke’. While many people may argue calling someone a ‘ginga’ or any other ‘fun’ words for people with red hair is just witty banter, for some of those on the receiving end, the impact to their self esteem is felt much more deeply and can have lasting, detrimental effects at school and way into their adult life. I’ve never understood why there is appearance- based discrimination laws protecting other minority groups in the UK, but not for this, now a widely acceptable form of unclassified racism.”
Presented by Thomas Knights it has already amassed a huge global online following and has been re-blogged on Tumblr over 40,000 times, viewed on Buzzfeed over 1 million times and featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail Online, Huffington Post, Elle and Hunger TV to name just a few. The trailer video was also featured on the US talk show Conan O’Brien and The UK’s The One Show.
Watch one of Knights’ short films from the exhibition and experience the hotness of the ginger male!
Gaga gaga-ed, Miley twerked, Robin Thicke humped the air, Kevin Hart bombed, and NSYNC reunited sans walkers last night at the MYV Music Video Awards. But one of the best moments of of the night was when gay friendly rapper Macklemore & Ryan Lewis top winners last night, accepted their awards for best hip-hop video and best cinematography for “Can’t Hold Us,” and best video with a social message for “Same Love.” which they performed with Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson in a show-stopping moment.
Macklemore gave an impassioned speech about equality when he accepted the award for “Same Love”:
“I’ll be honest, I really wanted to win the Best Rap Video, but this Moonman right here stands for a lot more. I’ve been writing songs, since I was like 15 years old and out of every single song I have ever written, this is the most important record out of all of them. To watch this song, in the last year, spread across the world is a testament to what is happening right now in America on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation.”
After picking up the sonic screwdriver 4 years ago from David Tennant and making fezs cool again, Matt Smith will be leaving Dr. Who sometime around Christmas 2013 when the Doctor will regenerate for the unheard of 12th time.
With filming on the 50th anniversary episode, airing in November, beginning next month sources say bosses already have an idea of who they want to replace him.
Matt refused to commit to a Doctor Who future beyond Christmas when interviewed on Jonathan Ross’s show last week.
He said: “I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it’s 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds.” An insider said: “Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas.”
Last night, the BBC said in a statement: “Sorry folks but even we don’t know what’s going to happen at Christmas. It’s not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday.
My choice for the 12th. Doctor.
I think its about time that the Doctor got his (and my) ginger regeneration wish: Jason Fleming
So today is our faithful leader’, the founder, owner and senior editor of Back2Stonewall, Will’s birthday!!! So I thought, other than giving him the full day off that we would celebrate this glorious day by doing what Will (and I) love to do most, and that’s looking at HOT GINGER MEN!!! Now even though I don’t post complete nudity, I am going to get as close as humanly possible all the while not faint from all this gingerman hotness! We love all that you do here Will, so take a look at all of these beautiful, mouthwatering GINGERS!!! (I hope we have enough bandwidth)
How about this ginger, Will? Do you think you’d have a fun time with him? This tatted ginger seems like he’d be up for anything..
Not convinced yet? Well, keep looking!!! He has such a peaceful disposition, doesn’t he? I’m sure some attention from you Will would go a LONG way
Had enough yet? Well, we’re just getting started. Maybe you prefer something with a little more meat on his..bones? Well take a look at him!
He’s right there, waiting for you to tell him what to do next Will. But maybe this guy will suit your needs today better….
Those deep dark eyes and beautiful ginger scruff are swoon-worthy enough. Add incredible pecs and rock hard arms just make you want to do..things. Personally I love the long ginger hair on him but if you don’t you might find these interesting:
Or this one..
Still haven’t had enough? (damn you’re greedy) Okay, Okay, I’ll keep showing them. And Will put your tongue back in your mouth, or at the very least put it to some good use!
This solid all muscle ginger looks like he’s eager to please. Furthermore..well there is nothing else to say other than HOT DAMN! Here’s more. Remember him from the other day? Well he just wants to say hello again!
And who are we to refuse such a beautiful ginger Adonis? I think he’s ready to rock you Will. Can you oblige his request?
Whatever you do today Will, I sincerely hope you enjoy it. So make sure you live it up today because the rest of the Back2Stonewall crew has you covered. We love ya buddy. Now go shake that fantastic ass of yours and go get some!