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Friday, July 11, 2014

ESPN’s “BODY ISSUE”: IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!


Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers first baseman

ESPN the magazine has released the stunning photos from its upcoming “Body Issue”, the annual look book featuring the world’s top athletes baring all in a series of fully nude photos.
This year’s issue includes 22 male and female athletes in their birthday suits, including 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, five-time MLB All-Star Prince Fielder, and fierce Wimbledon contender Tomas Berdych.

Aside from documenting the side-ass of the most beautiful male athletes, this year’s Body Issue marks a historic first by shooting American soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe, the first openly gay athlete to pose for the hotly-anticipated issue.

Rapinoe discusses her decision to come out in her personal interview with the magazine. “If you want to stand up and fight for equal rights but then won’t even stand up for yourself and say ‘I’m gay’ — that just started to feel weird,” she said, noting that she officially came out before the 2012 London Olympics because she wanted “to reach as many people as possible.”

Other male athletes posing for the issue include Marshawn Lynch, Serge Ibaka, Larry Fitzgerald, Omar Gonzalez, Bernard Hopkins, Jimmy Spithill, and Nigel Sylvester. 

Check out some of their best shots below:

APPLE RELEASES HEARTWARMING PRIDE VIDEO

Yesterday, Apple released a heartwarming video on its YouTube page documenting the company's preparation for and participation in last week's San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade. Apple writes:
On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world -- from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong -- to celebrate Apple's unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.

According to Cult of Mac, employees dressed in special Pride T-shirts gave out $1 iTunes gift cards to parade-watchers as they passed by. CEO Tim Cook and environmental adviser Lisa P. Jackson were among the notables who marched with the Apple contingent.

MacRumors notes that Cook, who has never come out publicly but is widely believed to be gay, has a long history of publicly advocating for equality:

Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed a deep belief in equality in the past, supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which successfully added lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to the U.S.'s existing nondiscrimination law. He also spoke at Auburn University in December of 2013, noting that Apple has long had protections for LGBT employees.

During the Pride event, Tim Cook tweeted a congratulations to the 5,000 Apple employees and their families that attended the parade, saying "inclusion inspires innovation," the same line later used in the video.


SOURCE: THE BILERICO PROJECT

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