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Designer’s ‘boxer shorts’ protest against Putin’s homophobia

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 25, 2013 in Politics
The Belgian designer Kristof Buntinx has found a unique way to add to the growing worldwide protests to Russia’s new anti-gay attacks on its citizens.
In an open letter Buntinx posted on his website, he discusses his growing disgust of what is going on in Russia, the Huffington Post reports.
“If you do not like the fact that I am homosexual, I can learn to live with it. But to humiliate, attack and torture people is really going too far,” Buntinx wrote on his website.
His unique response to the growing anti-gay sentiment orchestrated by the Russian authorities has been to start the “To Russia With Love” campaign – first, by creating a brand-new line of boxer shorts that blend the LGBT rainbow flag with the Russian symbol; second, with the assistance of photographer Herman Van Gestel, with a gay-themed calendar, depicting men in those very boxers, to be released in September.
“It is truly a quiet revolution. Just imagine that you live in Russia where you cannot be gay, but under your clothing you are still able to wear a pair of protest shorts. Is that not a nice thought,” Buntinx adds.
Kristof Buntinx was born in Sint-Truiden, Hesbaye, Belgium, in 1975. In the past, he has worked for Levi’s, Viktor & Rolf (Amsterdam), with advertising agencies such as Famous (Brussels) and for Duval Guillaume.
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