Rugby player Sacha Harding recently stripped for a calandar to raise money for HIV.
Harding recently bared all, posing for the cover of Britain’s Gay Times magazine as part of a fund-raiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He was one of 54 men who went full monty for the magazine’s annual Naked Issue, and his photo was auctioned off to raise even more money for the charity. The straight athlete (he says his girlfriend loved the images) didn’t think twice about posing nude for a gay magazine. “I’m comfortable with my sexuality and felt confident that what I did would in some way help the cause,” he says.
That’s because HIV and AIDS aren’t gay issues, he adds, but a global crisis that belongs to all of us. “AIDS is a huge issue and one that can’t be ignored,” he says. “I was asked to help and I couldn’t say no.” And while he took some ribbing from his fellow teammates for dropping trou, he says, “Of course there was a bit of banter. On the whole, the team and friends were all very supportive.”