Showing your ass can be a liberating experience.
Jeff Perla certainly thinks so. In a press release, the creator of The Travelin Bum, credits the unique Instagram account with changing his life.
The Travelin Bum contains bare bottom pictures of mostly men in scenic poses throughout the world. It has 60,000 followers.
“The Travelin Bum encourages everyone to step out of their comfort zone, take a chance, and believe they have the strength to overcome anything,” reads a press release.
On April 10, 2016, Perla made his first post from Niagara Falls, New York. “Watch me travel the world from behind...” reads the caption of a picture of two bare butt people overlooking the falls.
“I struggled deeply with my sexuality, so deeply that it began to affect every part of my life,” said Perla, in a press release. “I wasn’t being true to myself, I wasn’t being true to the people who loved me, and instead of maturing with age I was actually hurting myself.”
Perla says through global travel and posting naked pictures on a smartphone app he has calmed his inner turmoil.
“It wasn’t until I was on vacation, in complete relaxation and serenity, that I realized I no longer wanted to live a lie,” Perla revealed.
Perla’s goal, the press release indicates, is “to reach as many people as possible and help them to understand who they are as homosexuals and that it’s OK.”
Follow The Travelin Bum on Instagram: @thetravelinbum