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On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a calendar featuring naughty nude drawings of gay men. Photo courtesy of Tienne/www.orthodox-calendar.com


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(RNS) On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a calendar featuring naughty nude drawings of gay men.

Orthodox Calendar, sold primarily online, features colorful illustrations of gay men in eye-catching costumes — think tutus and a Captain America cape — and provocative poses and settings that sometimes include crosses and crucifixes.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the “Bigger, Harder, Better!” calendar by the Hungarian artist Tienne will be used to battle discrimination against gays in Russia.

While there have been other collections of religious pin-up men — think manly Mormon missionaries, nice Jewish boys to bring home to Mom, even “Roman beefcake” Catholic priests — the Orthodox Calendar aims to make a political point against the Orthodox churches that the creators say are complicit in trying to keep gays and lesbians in the closet.

“Our wall calendars represent the very first organized global effort against homophobia in the Orthodox Church,” Magdalena de Iona, a spokeswoman for Orthodox Calendar, wrote in an email interview. “Through them, we seek to counteract the negative and outdated influences of most of the Orthodox Church leadership.”

A second 2014 calendar featuring full-color photographs of gay Orthodox men posing as priests or their tanned, tattooed and totally naked admirers is intended to support gay marriage, de Iona said. Both calendars are sold online and cost about $20.

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On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a calendar featuring naughty nude drawings of gay men. Photo courtesy of Tienne/www.orthodox-calendar.com


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The calendars were created by a team of six people from countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. Because of negative attitudes toward homosexuality in their countries, they wish to remain anonymous, de Iona said.

Orthodox Calendar published its first product in 2012. That calendar, de Iona said,  featured photographs of gay men “and their guests” and was intended to promote unity, tolerance and freedom of speech. Last year’s calendar focused on gay marriage, with pictures of gay couples.

The idea for this year’s calendar focus came when Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said last July that gay marriage would lead to the apocalypse, de Iona said.

“I told myself (the) 2014 edition will not leave people indifferent, and that was the most important thing to us,” de Iona wrote. “Nothing is worse than indifference. It’s indifference that will let (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin and Patriarch Kirill actively promote physical and legislative attacks on the LGBT community in Russia.”

On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a calendar featuring naughty nude drawings of gay men. Photo courtesy of Tienne

On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a calendar featuring naughty nude drawings of gay men. Photo courtesy of Tienne/www.orthodox-calendar.com


This image is available for Web publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow.

Reaction to the calendars from the Orthodox Church has varied from total silence to condemnation and acknowledgment. The Greek Patriarchy, de Iona said, declared ”they did not approve but understood it could be appreciated by creative people and minorities.”

Consumers have been more approving. The calendar has been sent to 200 countries, de Iona said, and plans for a 2015 version are already in the works. Meanwhile, some of the artwork will be displayed at a gallery in Stuttgart, Germany, during next year’s Gay Pride celebration.

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20 Comments

  1. The Orthodox Church can use a lot of criticism and embarrassment. This is not the first time they instigated violence for political ends. They instigated pogroms under the Czars and encouraged genocide in Bosnia.

  2. Stay call Daniel!
    We should expect the next time TorrentFreak does an audit of who is surfing where, that computer users in the Vatican will have blazed an electronic trail to this website. ;-)

    Religion is poison!

  3. 1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV
    English Standard Version
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

      • I don’t think many want it, either:

        Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

        • When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person’s life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self.”
          ― Shannon L. Alder

          • There’s too much evidence not to believe what the Bible says, and it cannot be legitimately refuted, although incorrect interpretations of it can most certainly be.

            And there’s too little evidence that men are worth putting trust in, including Shannon L. Alder. Careful whose advice you follow, or you both may fall into a pit.

          • Shannon L Alder is not an atheist. She wrote an instruction book about Mormon couples getting married within the faith.

            The Bible is full of what would be best termed as “personal truth”. Whatever evidence you find in your interpretations of the Bible are true only to the level of significance to yourself.

            Arrogance and self-righteousness are close bedfellows. One which is not served well by shouting it from the rooftops and declaring your version of faith is the only true one. You are demonstrating hubris in your righteousness. One harmful to humanity and your spiritual well-being.

            “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order sto be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”
            -Matthew 6:1

            When you make your prayer, go into your private room, and, shutting the door, say a prayer to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.
            -Matthew 6:6

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    Even though he quotes Bible passages, he is great at breaking down the terminology into layman’s terms. A line that the author wrote instills my faith in myself and my religion. His words, “To find a good Church, look for where the Bible is preached as the word of God and believe in the deity of Jesus Christ.”
    Maxwell K. Acquah is a gifted author as shown in the writing of this book. He does an excellent job in explaining in detail what the true “Church” must believe in to exist. He also explains the unhealthy characteristics of a false church and false doctrine. He is very thorough in his research and beliefs.
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