Facebook Lifts Ban On LGBT-Inclusive Naked Rugby Calendar



Banned for containing “sexual activity,” a British group raising money for both LGBT inclusive rugby and testicular cancer awareness had its Facebook page restored.

“Thank you to Facebook who reversed their decision to ban us! Much appreciated,” the group posted on their Facebook page Dec. 17.

The Naked Rugby Players is a British national calendar composed of six rugby clubs which aims to raise money for cancer charity, Balls To Cancer and LGBT inclusive rugby, as well as bring awareness to testicle cancer and LGBT sports, according to the Facebook page.

The Facebook page was banned Dec. 16 and given the explanation that the picture uploaded to the platform contained genitals, sexual activity, explicit language or “female nipples,” The Gay UK reported.

The Naked Rugby Players calendar, however, contained none of the above.

“Facebook’s ban is obviously disappointing. We are so proud of this calendar and the message that it gives. Be proud of your body, be proud of your sexuality and be comfortable in your own skin,” The calendar’s Creative Director Jake Hook said.

Their 2019 calendar was nominated one of the top five fundraising calendars in Britain.

“Thank you for The Naked Rugby Players charity calendar. It was most generous of you and is much appreciated,” Prince Harry told the group after receiving a copy of last year’s calendar.