A group of LGBT college students stripped naked to talk about body issues in a new video from National Student Pride. “I see a lot of body-shaming in the LGBT community, especially when it comes to gay men,” one of the students explains.
The clip features five LGBT college students opening up about their own relationships with their bodies while stripping down to their underwear. Though at first they appear uncomfortable, by the end of the video they are empowered.
Student Charlie Ann Mathers reveals she was terrified at the idea of stripping off her clothes on camera: “It’s quite nerve-wracking standing in front of a camera rig, lights and a group of people that have never seen you in less than a wooly jumper,” she says. “But, it was honestly one of the most liberating things I have ever done. … By the end of it I was dancing around in my pants, and there were even some happy tears.”
Corey Wiseman was also one of the LGBT college students, and he found describing his favorite body part liberating.
“The thing that I like the most about my body is my collarbones,” he says. “I’ve said it a million times before. There is no explanation to why I like my collarbones.” He reveals he used to be “obsessed” with his weight but says he was able to overcome this by “exposure therapy.”
“Whenever I get out the shower or in my boxers in front a mirror, I’ll just look at myself. And accept that what I see is me, and I’ve got to love it. You can’t spend your whole life hating something that you can’t really change,” he says.
“Your body is malleable to a degree, but fundamentally it’s not gonna change. So you just gotta get used to it and enjoy what you see in front of the mirror,” says Corey. “The only way to do that is to look at it and realize, this is me and I love it regardless of how it looks.”