Olympic judo star Ashley Mckenzie, gold medal boxer Luke Campbell, and diver Chris Mears lent their support – and beefy bodies to Gay Times magazine to help raise funds for the sexual health charity known as the Terrence Higgins Trust.
In addition to featuring Olympic eye candy, the issue boasts a few eyebrow-raising quotes from young British diver Chris Mears who claims to have met several of his gay friends through fellow diver Tom Daley. “I have no issues at all being around gay people and I know a few people through Tom who are gay and I’m good friends with them,” Mears told Gay Times. “I’ve got quite a few gay followers of my own through Twitter – I went from 1,000 before the Olympics to 110,000 after it. And I’ve had a couple of funny suggestions, normally guys asking for foursomes with me, Tom and Jack Laugher.” He also claimed he was trying to encourage a few of Daley’s gay fans to jump ship and get onboard team Mears. “I’m trying to steal his gay fan base by doing this shoot for GT!”
Mears also revealed he doesn’t agree with gay athletes who decide to keep their sexuality a secret. “If you are a high profile athlete, your fan base is usually quite female,” Mears told Gay Times, “and I wonder if gay athletes don’t come out because they’re trying not to appeal to a smaller market. But their decision is definitely money and media orientated and they think they’ll get more attention if they don’t come out. It’s quite a bad thing, if you can’t be who you are then you’re not giving your fans the real you. You’re selling someone else to them.”
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