“An artistic effort to creatively protest homophobia” takes a hardcore, explicit turn with their most controversial calendar yet.
The creative team told The Huffington Post that the photos are not intended for religious purposes, but are meant as “an artistic effort to creatively protest homophobia” in the Orthodox Church, to which nearly 90 percent of Romanians belong, and a celebration of ‘diversity, equality, and freedom.”
The calendar is available for advance purchase from OC.com. According to the website, “by pre-ordering the #OC2017 charity wall calendar, you have the opportunity to support disadvantaged children (Orasul Meu) living with HIV across Eastern Europe. you’re supporting disadvantaged children with HIV across Eastern Europe.”
“While the Church grows more and more concerned with Pharaoh-like projects, homophobia inside the Church is still as feverish as ever, and real world issues remain unaddressed. In an age where churches everywhere have forgotten their true calling, we cannot stay silent. For what is freedom if not the liberty to question traditional authority?”
‘“The [Orthodox] church has lost its way and is desperately trying to prevent hundreds of millions of people living in modern societies that respect human rights,” Magdalena De Iona, who is the press representative for the calendar, said. “We’d like to think that our art could empower people to question traditional forms of authority.”