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Gay Swedish footballer bares all for charity

26 Apr 2012, 11:00

Published: 26 Apr 2012 11:00 GMT+02:00

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"Anton Hysén is Sweden's hottest homo right now," QX editor Anders Öhrman told the Expressen newspaper.

Öhrman's comments came in conjunction with the publication on Wednesday of QX's 200th issue, for which Hysén bares all in a provocative cover photo shot by photographer Magnus Ragnvid.

Hysén, the son of former Liverpool and Fiorentina legend Glenn Hysén, made headlines across the globe in March 2011 when he openly declared his homosexuality.

The Swedish footballer, who plays in the Swedish third division for Utsiktens BK, has since been voted Sweden's "Gay of the Year" (Årets homo) by QX magazine.

More recently, he's been thrust back into the spotlight as a contestant on the Swedish version of the Let's Dance reality television show.

"He doesn't just dance around in tight spandex, but he also does a lot to combat homophobia in the sports world, primarily in England and the United States," said Öhrman.

In addition to gracing the cover of QX, a picture of Hysén's naked body is also at the centre of a charity auction organized by the magazine and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas och transpersoners rättigheter – RFSL).

The signed image, in which Hysén's bare behind features prominently, has been put up for auction to help raise money for the St. Petersburg-based gay rights group Coming Out and its campaign against recently adopted Russian laws which criminalize homosexuality.

"Because there's been so much discussion about his arse in "Let's Dance", we've taken a signed and framed photograph of the arse that we're putting up for auction," Öhrman told Expressen.

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The auction, which is being run through Swedish auction site Tradera, runs through Sunday, and all the proceeds from the sale will go to Coming Out.

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Your comments about this article

11:51 April 26, 2012 by Vitas
Propoganda homosexuality for children must be forbidden in every country just for safe population. It is not against freedom for any sexual groups. I just little wonder why this groups so want to have children around?
13:46 April 26, 2012 by Jes
Is there anything this guy can`t do ?
13:51 April 26, 2012 by fikatid
@Vitas: where did this article mention "children"? If what you mention is true, the same goes with any magazines that shows almost naked women.

Are you for burqa for every woman then? Wonder what country are you from?? Maybe you should move (back) to the Middle East.
14:14 April 26, 2012 by peace-lover
@Vitas: I think you need to educate yourself about human sexuality. I am a gay from middle east and suffered a lot from homophobe people like you when I was there.
14:43 April 26, 2012 by MarcusC
Majority of Russians Oppose "The propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among MINORS"

St. Petersburg's Governor signed off a law penalizing "The propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among MINORS"

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15:19 April 26, 2012 by libertarianism
Wow on the QX photo... Torsdagsgodis?
19:01 April 26, 2012 by calebian22

Yes, apparently he can't play in the 2nd or 1st division in Sweden. Just a mediocre talent looking to make a name for himself since he can't cut it at a higher level.
20:56 April 26, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Good for him at least he is out there trying to help change the fears of sexuality.
21:27 April 26, 2012 by rise
A gay who is also an exhibitionist. Gross!
15:58 April 30, 2012 by gabeltoon
By the sound of all these comments you are all homophobic.At least this guy is doing something about changing this.Sit up and listen, there are thousands of gay people the world over who are being denied the RIGHT to be who they are.
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